With winter looming, use the last of the good weather to clean and prepare your artificial lawn. With
our current climate conditions, it is expected that we are going to have to brace ourselves for
significantly colder winters from 2016 onwards. With changes in wind flow and salinity in the
Northern Atlantic, we may also expect lower temperatures in Britain all year round. But for now, as
the nights will soon be drawing in and the temperature drops, it is time to prepare. Unlike natural
grass, though, artificial turf is actually extremely simple to look after over winter, so there’s no need
to worry. We just suggest a few simple precautions to take beforehand and as you go along.
If you know of, or are expecting a period of bad weather, protection can be better than treatment.
Your artificial lawn is, of course, strong enough to withstand the harsh weather but if you’re looking
for that extra edge of protection you could consider using a waterproof tarpaulin groundsheet.
Tarpaulin is a synthetic material, just like that used for artificial lawn, but it adds a whole extra layer.
Leaves and foliage are inevitably going to fall from the trees in autumn and, if left on lawns, can
cause moss and algae. Here at LawnClenz, we recommend clearing any debris from your lawn with a plastic rake, especially in areas that are heavily shaded or damp. Don’t use a metal rake as this can snag the grass pile. Alternatively use an electric or petrol leaf-blower This will prevent any build-up of moss on your artificial lawn. So aim to continue to clear up any leaves from your lawn throughout winter. A quick brush every few weeks to get rid of leaves and debris should ensure your lawn stays looking in tip top condition.
If we’re lucky enough to have a snow day this year, it won’t have a huge impact on artificial grass.
However artificial lawns certainly aren’t unbeatable, ice and sleet can sometimes prove dangerous.
While you can still walk on your turf in winter, be cautious if the fibres freeze as treading on them
could cause damage. Fallen snow doesn’t need to be removed, however, as it simply melts and will
drain naturally through the turf. If you do feel like you wish to remove any snow from the surface of
your lawn, ensure you use a plastic (not metal) shovel to clear any built up snow. You may also want
to use salt, but you should only do this occasionally. Avoid removing it by hand as this can lead to a
‘tearing effect’ and damage the fibres of your grass.
The best thing about an artificial lawn is that, unlike natural grass, you don’t have to mow your
artificial lawn. Put a costly treatment on it before winter and you won’t end up with a muddy mess
after the bad weather. You can simply sit back and relax - whatever the season - knowing your
artificial grass will remain perfect all year round. It will automatically drain ice, snow, and rain, has
strong durability and thanks to its UV resistance, will remain fade-free
You may never have considered it before, but artificial grass has in fact a diversity
of benefits, from saving time and money to helping the environment. Years ago, it
was stiff and very unconvincing but with the likes of celebrities such as Amanda
Holden purchasing it, and being used to line a shed roof at the Chelsea Flower
Show, it has grown in popularity in recent years going from strength to strength.
Some celebrities have been very vocal of the benefits too, with the likes of Sarah
Beeny, John Terry and Jessica Alba all switching for the environmental benefits,
and being safer for their children and pets.
Research in 2011 found that 3,000 hectares of tatty garden has been replaced by
artificial grass in London alone. Perhaps, the most obvious reason for its popularity
is the lack of maintenance required, as its almost completely self sufficient.
Usually, many of us use pesticides and fertilisers on our lawns, but artificial grass
doesn’t need any fertilising, mowing, reseeding or water, proving to be actually
beneficial to the environment. Not only, will your grass always look good whatever
the weather, there’s no stress of competing your lawn with your neighbours. More
and more families are opting for artificial grass too, as it is perfect for children to
play on, acting almost like a thick carpet and proving to be soft when children
tumble and fall.
Artificial grass is self maintaining; it requires no cutting, the colour remains
vibrant and the grass blades are the perfect length. So today, with our ever busy
lives, it seems silly not to switch. And to ensure your artificial lawn is kept clean
and in its original state, look no further than Exozyme products; keeping your
investment hygienic for all the family, with a clean germ-free lawn.