Feb 11, 2018

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Winter Artificial Grass FAQ

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In Oregon, our winters can range from very mild to very cold (for us at least).  We all know that ice and snow can do some serious damage to natural turf.  There are many perks to choosing artificial grass, including but not limited to the lack of damage ice and snow can have on your lawn.  This time of year we are frequented with some specific winter artificial grass questions, so we have answered some of the more common ones for you here.  As always, if you have a question that is not answered here we are always available to answer them for you, just call or email!!

Does Artificial Grass Freeze in Winter?

The first thing to know is that you can rest assured that synthetic turf can withstand extreme fluctuations in weather, including freezing temperatures and heat waves. The second thing to know is that your fake grass is not going to freeze to the point of becoming brittle and breaking if stepped on like natural grass will, due to the water content in the blades of natural grass.

It is important to note that this does not mean that your artificial grass will not have ice on it.  When this occurs, you will need to exercise the same caution you would use when walking on other icy surfaces.  It is best to allow the snow or ice to melt naturally and allow the water to dissipate through your lawn’s drainage system. If you need to remove snow from your lawn, be sure to use a plastic snow shovel to avoid damaging your grass.

It is best to avoid using salt to melt snow or ice if at all possible. While this will speed up the melting process and your fake grass can withstand the use of salt, the resulting residue can inhibit drainage.

Can artificial grass be laid on sloping ground?

Yes. Synthetic grass can be securely fitted to sloping ground. It follows the contours and undulations of any normal yard. We secure the grass along the edges and the infill keeps the center of the grass from displacing.

Does artificial grass drain like real grass?

It actually drains better! Artificial grass is fully porous and rainwater drains through it. We also install 3-4″ of open gravel below the artificial grass to allow drainage.  We guarantee no pooling water in your yard.

Will Turf stand up against various climate changes, such as rain or snow?

Absolutely! Turf is made to withstand rain, snow, and all other elements it may be up against. Its permeable surface allows it to drain well. No more standing water when it rains and no more muddy footprints to mop up in your home. When it comes to snow and ice, the best option is to let it melt naturally!

Can I walk on my artificial lawn during winter? Does the cold, snow and frost damage my lawn?

Winter cold is not a problem for artificial grass. The lawn will not be damaged by a long frost, or break when walked on. However, pay attention with snow or black ice. If snow is allowed to be tread into the artificial lawn and forms a layer of ice, this should not be removed by hand in order to prevent damage to the grass fibers. Snow should be allowed to melt naturally. If you are in a hurry to make your artificial lawn snow-free, use a plastic snow shovel. Do not use a metal one. (Metal snow shovels can damage the synthetic fibers more easily.)

Does the grass mold or mildew?

Due to the non-absorbing nature of the materials used and the drainage base designed to migrate water away from the grass, mold and mildew is not an issue. We offer artificial grass that has backing made of an anti-microbial polyurethane foam that is always an option if there is concern of mold or mildew. We have no reports of mold or mildew growth in any of our installations.

How do I get rid of moss in my grass?

When yards are installed in shady areas there is always a chance of moss growing on the artificial turf.  Just a few minutes of a home ready can prevent and treat this issue.  Cascade Greens recommends a 50/50 mix of water and white vinegar sprayed on the trouble area.  This can be used as both preventative as well as currently growing moss.  If sprayed on established moss, allow a few days for the vinegar to kill moss and then use your granny groomer to rake it off.  We recommend spraying every few weeks during the wet season to prevent moss growth.