One of the biggest benefits of artificial lawns is that as well as looking perfect all year round, they require little maintenance – something that makes a big difference to those of us leading a busy life!
But, whilst artificial lawns are extremely durable in all weather conditions, they do need a bit of TLC in the winter months to protect them from the elements. So, to help ensure your lawn is in tip-top condition ready for spring, we’ve provided some advice about how to care for your lawn this winter.
1/ Remove those Autumn leaves – after all the leaves have fallen in autumn and winter creeps in, this can create problems for people with artificial lawns if you don’t keep on top of the problem. Foliage from trees can cause moss and algae so make sure you sweep your lawn every week to remove the fallen leaves and remove the debris – this will ensure your lawn is kept perfect looking!
2/ Snow, snow, snow! – cold, harsh winter conditions often mean one thing – snow. Artificial grass is very resilient to snow, but removing it with a hard shovel may cause the fibres to break and damage the surface. If you do feel the urge to remove it manually, then do so with a plastic rather than metal shovel. Ideally, leave the snow to melt and drain away naturally.
3/ A sprinkle of salt – if you must protect your artificial lawn with salt, do so sparingly as it might contaminate the surface, making in unusable once winter is over.
4/ A whole lot of water – a lot of extra rain can cause issues for artificial lawns and debris can sometimes be forced deeper within the surface if there is an extensive amount of water. Even those surfaces with inbuilt drainage systems can cause issues if rain persists over the duration of a long period of time, but a deep cleaning process can help solve this problem. At Bradleys Surfacing Systems, we offer a full cleaning and maintenance service, which will help to protect the surface fibres and any drainage problems with the lawn. Contact us here for further info.
4/ That extra layer of protection – If the winter brings a bout of cold weather, you may want to take that extra step in protecting your artificial lawn. To shield it from the colder weather, consider using a waterproof tarpaulin groundsheet for that extra layer of protection.