Unfortunately, the long, warm days of summer are quickly fading and we’re packing up all our furniture and BBQ equipment. As we do so, we can already feel how cold and crisp our artificial grass feels under our feet. This doesn’t mean you should worry about its ability to deal with the winter though. Its synthetic fibres and composition means things like frostbite and downpours won’t cause it to freeze to death or grow patchy.
Unlike real grass, an artificial lawn from Grono won’t get damaged or die off. Instead, it will continue being green without any bald or muddy patches. However, there are some things you should do to protect it from the winter’s elements so it’s still in good condition next spring. This special attention is necessary since the plastic fibres used to create the grass’ “blades” stiffen when it frosts, making them very unpleasant to walk on. Also, when snow or ice melt on your synthetic grass it can become slippery.
With these things in mind, it’s good to know there are some things you can do to care for your artificial lawn before the wintry mess heads your way.
Before the Snow Hits
Even before it snows, the work needs to begin. This is because an ounce of protection is better than any cure imaginable. So, instead of allowing the snow to actually hit your lawn, consider using a waterproof tarpaulin ground sheet instead. Before you do this, make sure you check your lawn is draining properly. Of course, you’ll want to make sure you keep an eye on this throughout the winter months too.
Handling Snow on Your Artificial Grass
Dealing with snow is inevitable. How you deal with it when you have an artificial lawn depends on what type of snow is falling.
When piles of snow or ice start falling on your lawn, you’ll want to watch it doesn’t get trodden into it. If this happens, it will eventually turn to ice and form packed layers that are dangerous to walk on since you’ll damage the fibres that make up the lawn. So, make sure you don’t walk on your lawn when this happens. Instead, it’s really important to use your hands to remove the snow and ice. Using a shovel or broom will snap the frozen fibres.
Powdery snow isn’t as difficult to manage. You can actually leave it lying on the grass to melt naturally. If you feel the urge to use any salt, make sure you do it both infrequently and sparingly since its residue will build up and cause problems with your lawn’s drainage, which will then be problematic as the snow and ice start melting.
Have the Right Tools
To be ready to do these things, it’s important to have the right tools for your artificial lawn before the snow even begins falling. A plastic rake won’t damage your grass like a metal shovel will. In general, soft tools won’t damage your lawn like other tools will. So, always opt for using them for things like removing ice as well.
From time to time we publish original guest articles. The above article was written by Carol Trehearn.
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