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3 Things you need to know about turf in winter

For those thinking about adding synthetic turf to their yard, it can be quite a headache to imagine all the scenarios for how it will fare in the changing seasons. In this post, we dive into the important information you need to know when it comes to how synthetic lawns react to snow, rain, falling leaves, and colder temperatures so that you are prepared to make the right decision for your outdoor space.


1. Snow

Do artificial lawns and snow mix together well? Won't the blades become brittle and break off? These are some of the questions we sometimes hear.


The answer to that is no. According to the Synthetic Grass Warehouse (SGW), "synthetic turf lawns do not freeze up or become brittle. A concern some individuals may have about an artificial grass lawn during the winter is whether or not it looks unnatural or fake when covered with snow. Artificial grass blades look real, no matter what the weather conditions are". Rest assured that artificial turf is manufactured to withstand the effects of snow and snowmelt.


What you won't miss is how sod goes dormant and turns brown during the winter months, taking months to turn green again. An added benefit of turf in the winter is the green patches that show through the white snow, which makes for a beautiful yard all year round.


2. Rain

Like turf in the snow, turf in the rain also has its advantages over normal sod. For one, muddy shoes and pet's feet are no longer a concern. Secondly, turf is specially engineered to route water to drain more efficiently. "The water simply drains through the small drainage holes into the ground. The sand and rubber infill help absorb and hold the water which will eventually drain through", according to Choice Floors, a notable artificial turf manufacturer located in Birmingham.


With heavy rainfall, you can still expect your turf to be saturated in spots with water on the surface, but with time, the vertical drainage holes can more efficiently remove the water through evaporation and drainage.


3. Falling Leaves & Debris

This time of year, leaves and debris from storms are strewn over everyone's yards which can build up. You may be tempted to clear the debris away with a conventional rake, but we recommend using a blower. This saves you time, is better for your turf, and is way more fun!


Contact us today at sales@theturfbrothers.com with any questions you have regarding how artificial turf can work for you this winter in your area.


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Sources: https://wonderlawn.com/is-artificial-grass-slippery-when-wet/

http://www.choice-floors.co.uk/frequently-asked-questions/

https://syntheticgrasswarehouse.com/snow-vs-synthetic-grass/

https://www.purchasegreen.com/blog/tips-for-artificial-grass-upkeep-in-winter-months/


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