One of the biggest advantages of artificial lawns is that they require very little maintenance, even during winter. Fake grass is designed to shrug off snow, hail, heavy rain, and ice with ease. Natural grass, on the other hand, is much more susceptible to weather and needs replanting and extended maintenance come spring. Basic tools will more than likely be all you need for your artificial lawn to stay in good condition throughout the cold season.
Below, we’ve put together several tips for maintaining your artificial turf to stay at its best and last even longer.
Help Your Artificial Lawns Last Longer by Repairing Them Before Serious Snowfall
Holes are never good, especially in your lawn. If your artificial turf in Kelowna has been damaged in any way or has any rips or tears it’s a good idea to fix it as soon as possible. Not only will this prevent debris from getting underneath your lawn, but it will also prevent you from snagging rakes or snow shovels on any edges and making the hole or rip bigger.
Clean Up and Bag Leaves and Debris
Just like how your kitchen sink won’t drain unless you remove the debris from the drain after washing dishes, the same is true for your artificial lawn. Also, decaying leaves won’t decompose on your lawn in spring if you bag them up.
Avoid Using Chemicals to Keep Away Snow or Ice
Salt might be great for pavement or driveways, but it’s really not good for artificial turf. It will seep into the backing of your lawn and prevent proper drainage from occurring.
Also, avoid using other chemicals like anti-freeze or any other snow-melting products as they can damage the grass itself or clog the drainage systems as salt does.
Removing Snow and Staying Safe on Artificial Lawns
If you anticipate the need to remove snow from your lawn make sure to use a snow shovel that’s plastic and not metal. Metal snow shovels will dig into your lawn and damage them.
If you happen to hear your artificial grass sound crunchy, that’s normal, that’s just the plastic stiffening from the cold. However, you should be more careful walking on artificial grass in winter as it can be very slippery.
Overall, artificial turf is very tough and can handle most winter conditions without issue.