Many Tucson property owners love artificial grass for its ability to stand up to harsh weather and survive winter looking beautiful. You don’t have to worry about frost destroying your grass, but there are a handful of steps to complete over the winter to ensure your synthetic grass is in its finest shape for spring. Read on to discover more.
Let’s get started with a few of the top questions we get as we install synthetic grass in Tucson. Specifically, questions regarding caring for your grass in the over the winter.
WHAT DOES SNOWFALL DO TO SYNTHETIC GRASS?
Snowfall should not have a significant influence on your artificial grass. It is totally fine to walk or play on it if there is a blanket of snow. The blades may lay down under the weight of the ice, but it usually bounces back up on its own or, in a handful of situations, with a tiny bit of extra help from a power broom. Snow won’t alter the color or damage the synthetic yard.
WILL FROST HURT MY SYNTHETIC GRASS?
No, frost will not hurt synthetic turf. The individual turf blades do freeze in intense cold, walking on the grass through the winter will not cause any concerns. Once spring comes and there’s no further chance of frost, you can take a stiff broom to get it back to life.
DO I HAVE TO COVER MY ARTIFICIAL TURF?
You don’t need to cover your grass, but you absolutely can if a particularly rough winter is forecasted in Tucson. Just remember that you don’t want to cover sections that are being used because ice will make tarps slippery and dangerous to walk on.
CAN I SHOVEL SNOW OFF ARTIFICIAL GRASS?
No, you should avoid shoveling snow off of your synthetic grass except when totally necessary. If you must shovel a path, go with a handheld blower to take care of any debris or snow.
CAN I USE SALT OR ICE MELT ON MY TURF?
You should never utilize any ice melt salt on your synthetic turf. Salt can obstruct up the drains in the backing system and adversely impact your yard’s drainage ability. The caustic salt and chemicals can also degrade the backing system, causing turf blades that start to pull away from the backing. We firmly advise you to let snow melt by itself for the best results.
WILL SNOW MELT FASTER ON ARTIFICIAL GRASS?
Artificial grass surfaces can get warmer compared to natural grass, which means that a couple of inches of snow will melt more quickly than it would on natural turf. Because synthetic turf is equally spread, it enables better aeration to accelerate the snow-melting process.
DOES SYNTHETIC TURF GET ICY?
Not normally, however, much like organic grass, some synthetic surfaces can become slippery when ice forms. Therefore, you should use the same care you do stepping on any wintery surface, exceptionally if Tucson has been experiencing freezing rain.
WHAT STEPS SHOULD I TAKE PRIOR TO SNOWFALL?
You should certainly do a rigorous autumn maintenance routine prior to any snowfall. Removing organic materials like branches, leaves, etc., are essential. You can learn more about our full walkthrough for cleaning your artificial yard to get details on what to do. Doing Southwest Greens maintenance in the spring is always a great time, ensuring your turf is prepared for the warmer months to come.
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