One of the main concerns when using artificial grass or turf is that it won’t grow back if something happens to it. This means that you have to be more diligent with your maintenance. The last thing you want is for the passage of time to damage it.
If you choose to ignore these tasks, your turf won’t last as long as it could have. It could even lead to an early replacement!
If you’re not sure what those tasks are, have no fear! I’ll discuss them in detail below, as well as include some common questions folks have about taking care of their artificial grass.
Fall Maintenance Checklist
The best way to ensure that you are keeping up with your regular maintenance is to have a checklist. Knowing exactly what needs to be done and how often you should be doing it helps you plan around these tasks and ensures that they get done in a timely fashion.
Three main tasks need to be done in the fall months. You’ll want to complete them before winter comes bouncing in, bringing snow, ice, and freezing temperatures.
Regularly Clean Debris
Take the time to remove the debris on your grass often. Of course, this chore should be done year round. However, it it’s especially important during the fall months because that’s when the leaves are starting to fall.
If you’re not careful, you can have thousands of dead leaves on your turf!
Regularly taking the time to remove them will extend the life of your grass and keep it looking pretty. Your backyard will the envy of your neighbors, as their organic grass starts to wither and take on a brownish color.
How should you remove leaves from your artificial lawn? I’d recommend a good old-fashioned leaf blower. However, a plastic rake (not metal!) will work fine as well.
Spray Off Turf With Water
Some dirt and debris won’t be as easy to remove as their dried leaf cousins. For these, you’ll want to use a more heavy-duty cleaning tool.
In this case, water should be your go-to.
You can use specialty nozzles and other tools to get a good spray. However, for those that don’t have one available and want to save some cash, placing your thumb over the edge of the hose is probably sufficient.
You’ll want to make sure that you aren’t using too much pressure. You only want enough to clean out the dirt, not rip the turf up.
Chemically Treat for Moss & Algae
If you’re noticing strange growths or smells coming from your artificial grass, it might be time to consider a chemical treatment.
In wetter climates, moss and algae will commonly grow on artificial turfs. You definitely don’t want to let that get out of hand. To prevent this, simply apply a chemical treatment to areas where you notice the growths / smell.
Do not use an oil-based treatment and be sure read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. You’ll want to look for how to apply the treatment, how long to let it set, and any pertinent safety information.
Also, please note that just killing the already grown moss won’t be enough. Moss is persistent, commonly leaving spores behind that will cause it to regrow.
Toward the tail end of fall, the air and ground will begin to get wetter and colder. No longer will you be worrying about leaves, but the wintry mix of snow and ice that heavily impacts some climates.
There are many questions associated with this time period, so let’s evaluate some common concerns about artificial lawns.
Will frost damage my artificial lawn?
Many folks wonder whether or not frost will damage their artificial lawns. I assure you, the turf will be absolutely fine (even if frost develops on it). Artificial grass is much tougher than your standard, ordinary grass. So don’t worry about the blades freezing over / snapping when you walk upon them— that’s a concern for conventional lawns!
Should I worry about mold or mildew?
During precipitous weather, your artificial grass will naturally get wet. This time of year, be particularly judicious about looking for mold and mildew. Although many brands of artificial turf claim to drain water, this is mostly for marketing purposes.
Although the materials are probably hydrophobic and drains some water, it might do so slowly and still leave damp spots in the turf. Damp spots plus time often equals mold and mildew. This is compounded especially when you have uncleaned debris in your outdoor area!
It’s important to keep an eye on the turf, taking action if you notice any developing on your grass. To help prevent it, follow these steps:
- Always keep the area clean of dirt and debris.
- Rinse your artificial turf if you notice growths beginning to develop.
- If all else fails, apply additional chemical treatments.
Does snow melt faster on turf?
Snow does tend to melt faster on some types of artificial grass (however, not all of them). In any case, it won’t be as much of an issue since your turf won’t be largely affected by the cold and snow. This means you can let it melt naturally with little consequence.
However, if you’re dead-set on getting rid of snow / ice from your turf, there are some options.
Firstly, do not apply deicer to artificial turf. Instead, apply standard rock salt to encourage the snow to melt faster. Even still, you must exercise caution when taking this approach, as the salt residue can build up in your grass. This can cause corrosion and a host of other problems.
If you need to remove the snow in a hurry, consider shoveling it out the same way you would on a normal yard. Keep in mind, the artificial grass isn’t going to grow back naturally! Because of this, be extra cautious with your swings and apply a little finesse.