Asheville homeowners appreciate synthetic grass because of its ability to withstand extreme weather and come out of winter looking great. You don’t have to be concerned with frost damaging your turf, but there are some steps to take during winter to be sure your artificial turf is in its greatest shape for spring. Read on to find out more.
Let’s get the ball rolling with a few of the top questions we receive as we install synthetic grass in Asheville. Specifically, questions about caring for your grass in the winter season.
WHAT DOES SNOW DO TO SYNTHETIC GRASS?
Ice will not have a major influence on your synthetic turf. It is entirely okay to play or walk on it if there is a blanket of snow. The blades might lay flat with the weight of the ice, but it generally bounces back up on its own or, in some rare cases, with a little extra help from a power broom. Snow won’t change the color or affect the artificial yard.
WILL FROST DAMAGE MY ARTIFICIAL GRASS?
No, frost won’t harm artificial turf. The individual turf blades do experience freezing in extreme conditions, walking on the turf while it’s winter will not cause any problems. Once spring arrives and there’s no additional risk of frost, you can use a strong broom to bring it back to life.
DO I NEED TO COVER MY SYNTHETIC GRASS?
You don’t need to cover your artificial turf, but you certainly can if a particularly harsh winter is forecasted in Asheville. Just bear in mind that you won’t want to cover portions that are being used because snow can make tarps slippery and tricky to walk on.
CAN I SHOVEL SNOW OFF SYNTHETIC GRASS?
No, you must avoid shoveling snow from your turf except when completely necessary. If you do need to clear a path, choose a handheld blower to get rid of any debris or snow.
CAN I USE SALT OR ICE MELT ON MY GRASS?
You must under no circumstances use any ice melt salt on your artificial grass. Salt can clog up the drains in the backing system and badly impact your lawn’s drainage ability. The caustic salt and chemicals can also degrade the backing system, leaving you with turf blades that start to pull away from the backing. We strongly suggest you to let ice melt naturally for the best results.
WILL SNOW MELT FASTER ON SYNTHETIC GRASS?
Artificial grass surfaces can be warmer compared to organic grass, which means that 1-2 inches of snow will melt more quickly than it would on organic turf. Because artificial grass is equally spread, it enables improved aeration to accelerate the snow-melting process.
DOES ARTIFICIAL GRASS GET ICY?
Not normally, however, just like regular grass, some artificial surfaces can get slippery if ice forms. So, you must use the same care you do stepping on every wintery surface, essentially if Asheville has been experiencing freezing rain.
WHAT STEPS SHOULD I TAKE BEFORE SNOWFALL?
You should surely do a nice autumn maintenance routine before any snowfall. Removing natural materials like leaves, branches, etc., are crucial. You can read through our full walkthrough for cleaning your synthetic grass to get particulars on what to do. Performing Southwest Greens maintenance in the spring is always a great time, ensuring your turf is prepared for the warmer months to come.
Ask our professionals! We’re delighted to respond any questions you might have about maintaining your luscious lawn. Connect with us right now with your lingering questions.