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How to Maintain Artificial Turf in Rain or Snow

Posted on: January 5, 2018

There’s a lot to love about artificial turf: it’s attractive, easy to maintain, and—unlike grass—isn’t subject to changes depending on the weather or season. Artificial turf is an all-around resilient and low-maintenance way to keep your yard looking lush and green all year.

If you’re an artificial turf owner or a prospective buyer, but you aren’t sure what the protocol is for keeping up with your turf when it’s raining or—in these colder winter months—snowing, don’t worry. As long as you follow a few basic tips, your synthetic turf will continue looking its best no matter the weather.

Maintaining Your Turf in the Snow

Considering the current winter season, it’s best to start with your snow concerns. So, what can go wrong with artificial grass during snowy or icy weather? There are really only two things: slippery surfaces and synthetic turf blade breakage.

Turf is fairly resistant to freezing even in severe weather, but it can happen. In these cases, ice will form and can be pretty hazardous to walk on, so be cautious! It’s best to keep a path clear by using a blunted snow shovel or snow blower. Don’t use metal or sharp tools, and don’t try to dig up patches of ice. These will damage the blades and end up costing you time or money.

Can I Use Deicers on My Turf?

You can, but we don’t recommend it in most cases. Most deicers are completely safe to put on turf, but they can harm soil and tend to leave a white powdery residue behind.

Dealing with Rainy Weather

Assuming your turf was installed by a proper professional, you should have very little to worry about when it comes to the health of your turf during rain. Turf is constructed so that it drains rainwater easily and safely, so you really only need to watch out for a couple small things:

  • Keep turf clear of mess. Fall might be over, but trees and other plants are never quite done shedding. Be sure to keep the turf clear of leaves and plant matter so that when a rain comes, you don’t end up with a mess.
  • Don’t let turf get matted. Just like real grass, turf can get a bit waterlogged and flat if rain goes on for an extended period of time. This can leave your landscape looking a bit lackluster—but it’s easy to fix! Once most of the rain has washed away, simply brush out your turf, and the blades will stand straight.

All-Season Artificial Turf Services in Montgomery County, MD

All things considered, turf can pretty much take care of itself. What’s not to love? Whether you’re looking for turf that will look great all year long at your home, your place of business, or at your sports center, Capitol Turf Pros is here to help!

Contact us online today to learn more, or give our experts a call at (240) 454-3794 to discuss your synthetic turf needs!

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