Can Artificial Grass be Damaged in the Winter?

artificial grass Artificial grass is a great substitute for real grass in a wide variety of situations.  It can work as a decorative accompaniment, a low maintenance alternative or a patch of deep green in a low water environment.  But how well does it work in the cold? Can artificial grass be damaged in the winter? The fact is that artificial grass is a strong and durable material that can withstand the cold weather as good as, or better, than a natural grass lawn.  In this article we’ll go over some of the scenarios you might experience in the winter and what you should do to keep your artificial grass in the best condition.

Frost

Frost won’t usually cause any damage to artificial turf.  It may become slippery and your pets might not like walking on it because the plastic blades will get stiff, but you won’t have to worry about it dying off.  That said, artificial grass isn’t indestructible. So if it becomes completely frozen, walking on it might cause some of the blades to break. If you can allow the frost or ice to melt and drain away before treading upon it, you’ll ensure no damage is done.

Snow

If your artificial turf gets covered with snow there shouldn’t be much of a problem.  Walking or playing on it shouldn’t have much of an impact. The fibres may get compressed, but they should also spring back to form once the snow melts.  If they don’t, brushing them with a stiff broom should get them back into shape. If you feel you need to shovel the snow off, it’s best to use a plastic snow shovel rather than a metal one.

Artificial Turf Protection

If you become worried about your artificial grass due to expected extreme weather, you can always cover it with a tarp until the weather passes.  Using salt to melt away snow isn’t recommended as it can plug up the permeable holes that allows water to drain away. Keeping a regular maintenance regime will ensure it lasts for decades without any problems.