Winter is fast approaching, and you can feel a slight chill in the air. Bakersfield winters are usually mild with some rainfall, yet there is an occasional year where the season is much colder.
The arrival of winter makes homeowners often dread its effect on their perfectly manicured gardens. Particularly those who have lush, green, natural lawns worry about the damage their grass has to endure. Real grass looks amazing throughout spring and summer, but it gets difficult to maintain it well once the temperature drops.
This may be the main reason for the increasing number of homeowners preferring artificial grass to real grass. Even so, synthetic turf can bear snow and rain efficiently. Artificial grass is durable, requires low maintenance, and looks full amidst the colder season.
As someone who wants to boost the value and visual appeal of their home, you may have come across the appealing benefits of artificial grass installation. But winter brings with it a string of concerns regarding the upkeep of synthetic grass lawn in the winter.
Some doubts that linger in your mind:
At Courts and Greens artificial turf installations, we believe in continued association with our customers. We pride ourselves in giving satisfactory answers to all the questions nagging you – either big or small.
Let us put your mind at ease by explaining a few important things you must know about artificial grass in winter.
Artificial turf can withstand extreme fluctuations in weather, be it heat waves or freezing temperatures. In most parts of California, we experience snowfall, and winters are cold and damp, but rarely do the temperatures go below zero. So, it is highly unlikely that your turf can freeze.
Synthetic grass does not contain water content, and hence, does not freeze and become brittle. On the other hand, live grass freezes and breaks when you step on it due to the moisture in its blades.
The synthetic lawn’s drainage system does not allow frost to settle on top of the surface. Artificial turf has efficient drain holes that melt away the ice formation if any.
The specialized drainage system installed in the artificial grass works more efficiently than natural grass, so the frost drains away systematically. Most often, the frost you see one morning evaporates by the evening.
In case you experience colder temperatures and snow gets deposited on the artificial grass in winter, you can make use of a plastic snow shovel to remove the snow, or thaw it with a blow dryer. Or, you can warm up your blankets and towels in the clothes dryer and place them over the lawn to expedite the melting process.
You can also take anticipatory measures and cover up the turf with a non-porous sheet or tarp when you expect snowfall. You can easily remove the snow accumulated on top of the plastic sheeting and enjoy quality time on your outdoor lawn in the middle of winter.
It is common for natural grass to get brown spots, discoloration, and dry blades in different seasons. There may be plenty of reasons like heat, pet wastes, or over or underwatering.
But in the case of artificial grass, heavy snow or ice cannot damage its characteristics. Synthetic turf is a pet-friendly, UV and corrosion resistant, and drought-tolerant landscaping. The color won’t fade away even in the sweltering heat of summer or the colder winter.
Synthetic lawns use high-quality, durable, and fade-free materials that can survive in harsh conditions. No matter what the weather conditions, the artificial lawn drainage systems guarantee that the grass blades look real.
Artificial lawns can stand up to the elements and extreme weather conditions, and you can enjoy a care-free winter wonderland. With proper measures, you can make your turf last longer. While heavy snow is rare in California, frost is common. But caring for your artificial grass in winter is an easy task, compared to live grass.
You do not need to pull out the weeds, use fertilizers, mow the grass, or winterize your artificial lawn. Kids and pets love the comfort of a clean, well-drained synthetic lawn. And cleaning the pet wastes is a breeze; you have to scoop off the solids and hose down the spot. There will be no bad odors or stains left behind. You can also keep mud and debris from entering your house during the winter.
Although the artificial grass is designed for maximum durability and does not brittle and break, freezing temperatures may deposit moisture onto its surface. If the settled frost layers are thick enough, your footsteps can solidify it into ice. As a result, it may get slippery, and so you need to be cautious while walking on it. Tread carefully to prevent potential slipping hazards.
Raking with a metal shovel or picking off those sheets of ice by hand scrapes off the surface of your turf and damage the fibers. Instead, use a plastic shovel to ease the melting of ice or snow, but stay off the fibers. Always try to keep the shovel a few inches above the grass.
While it is true that the synthetic materials used for artificial grass are resistant to chemicals, you should not use them to clean the turf. Although salt and chemicals cannot damage the grass, they leave behind a residue that can obstruct the drainage system.
If you are still wondering about how well artificial grass holds up in the snow, contact Courts and Greens. We offer artificial lawn installations for offices, residential rooftops, backyards, game courts, and more. Customize your lawn into any design you like. Turn the open spaces into maintenance-free gardens that come with a 16-year warranty!
Call us today at 661-585-4602 for a free consultation.