Artificial turf is an excellent way to boost the visual appeal of your home while reducing lawn maintenance. But can it handle the cold weather once the temperature drops, or will winter ruin your backyard putting green or pet turf? Find out what you can do to keep your turf in shape this year with the experts at Capitol Turf Pros!
Follow These Four Tips for Healthy Winter Turf
The great news is that you actually don’t have to do a whole lot to keep turf looking good. In fact, artificial turf holds a lot of advantages over a living lawn as the cold weather sets in. It drains better, so snow causes less trouble, and it takes temperature fluctuations like a champion. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have to do anything. There are a couple tasks you can keep up with to ensure your turf looks green and gorgeous come spring:
- Clean away fall’s leftovers – If there are still piles of leaves or fallen plant matter lying around, be sure to go ahead and clear those away. This will help reduce bacteria caused by rotting leaves, ensuring you don’t have to welcome spring with mushy leaves stuck in the blades of turf.
- Get a simple snow tool – Once it gets really cold, you’ll probably want to clear snow to make a path through your lawn or landscape. To do this with artificial turf, be sure to use a tool that won’t bend or break frozen blades. The best option is a snow or leaf blower, but if you don’t want to shell out for those, a soft bristle broom and plastic snow shovel can do the trick just fine.
- Be mindful of brittle blades – If there’s a cold snap after a rainfall, then the blades may well freeze. In this situation, you’ll want to tread carefully to avoid potential slipping hazards, and you also want to avoid trampling too much so you don’t break a patch of blades.
- Cover it up in an emergency – Is the vast majority of cases, your turf will be fine, but if a blizzard or severe storm is heading your way, then a lawn cover can’t hurt. It’ll make cleanup easier and will ensure the blades don’t take too much punishment from the weather.
It doesn’t take much to keep high-quality turf in business, so rest easy and enjoy having the only green lawn on the block this winter.
If you do find yourself needing a bit of help, or if you come across an emergency and need a pro’s input, then feel free to call the team at Capitol Turf Pros in Montgomery County at (240) 454-3794 or contact us online!