Are you curious about whether artificial grass can get damaged by frost or snow in the winter?
One of the questions we get asked by our customers is how to care for artificial grass in the winter, and whether it needs any additional protection or maintenance to keep it looking good when the weather gets cold.
Luckily, there’s very little to worry about. Just a couple of factors to bear in mind when using your fake lawn in cold temperatures.
As an artificial grass specialist, let me explain more about having artificial grass in the winter.
Can artificial grass get damaged by frost?
In a word; no. Artificial grass won’t be damaged by the usual wintry conditions – unlike real grass, which can die off in extreme conditions. However, the plastic blades of the grass will stiffen if frost hits. This makes it not as pleasant for people or pets to walk on.
If the fibres do freeze, treading on them could cause some damage. That’s why it’s best to allow snow and frost to melt, and allow it to drain naturally through the turf.
Remember, fake grass is very resilient, but not invincible.
How will artificial grass react to snow?
Snow shouldn’t have a huge impact on artificial grass, and it’s fine to walk or play on it when there is a covering of snow. Just bear in mind that when the snow melts, fake grass can become temporarily slippery.
Your grass may flatten after snow has fallen. However, it should bounce back naturally, and you can help lift the pile by using a stiff brush on it.
If you can, don’t allow the snow to pile up. When it gets trodden on, it will turn to ice and form packed layers that can be dangerous to walk on, and could break the fibres.
The best thing to do is remove packed snow by hand or with a plastic shovel. Avoid using a metal shovel, instead opting for a softer tool that won’t break any of the frozen fibres.
TIP: The colour of your grass can’t be affected by ice and snow.
Is there anything you can do to protect your grass?
Expecting extreme cold weather conditions? You could consider a waterproof tarpaulin to protect the grass. It will provide an extra layer of protection against the elements.
However, we don’t recommend the use of salt to melt ice and snow. This is because it can clog up the holes in the backing of the grass, and affect drainage. If you do feel the need to use salt, we suggest only doing this occasionally.
Technically, all fake grass *should* be fine to stand up against the elements. However, it may realistically depend on the quality of the fake grass and how much it’s designed to withstand. Always check this with your chosen installer.
Advice from an artificial grass specialist
Don’t worry too much about your artificial grass in the winter. In the UK, our weather conditions don’t get too extreme, and we’ve never had any problems from customers regarding this issue. Just take care of your lawn like you would the rest of the year.
Carry out regular maintenance and try some of the tips above to ensure you don’t cause your lawn any damage when clearing away ice and frost. It will also avoid any incidents if the grass has become frozen and icy.
Fake grass still has more grip and safety than other outdoor surfaces such as patio and decking, which can become extremely slippy during wet and icy conditions.
If you’re concerned about whether artificial grass can get damaged by frost or snow in the winter, you needn’t be. There are steps you can take (mentioned above) to help protect your artificial grass. It shouldn’t get damaged by the mere presence of ice and snow, but if the blades become frozen, they can break if you walk on them.
Do you have any other questions about taking care of your fake grass in winter? Leave me a comment below. I’d love to help!