Winter Care of Your Artificial Lawn

Artificial grass is designed to offer high-performance at any time of the year, and takes very little maintenance, whatever the weather. During the winter months, the artificial lawn can be walked upon without fear of damage, unlike natural grass.

Once the surface fibres are coated in a heavy frost, do take care when walking, as the surface can become as slippery as natural grass. Ice and snow will not damage your artificial lawn installation and it can be left to melt naturally and drain away.

If you are going to maintain your artificial lawn during the winter months, then just follow these simple steps - five of our top tips for looking after your artificial lawn over winter.

Removing surface debris from the artificial lawn

Just as you would during the rest of the year, keep removing large debris, such as fallen branches or twigs, from the surface of the lawn. This ensures the surface remains even and is not torn or damaged. Pick up fallen debris by hand or use a leaf blower for lighter rubbish.

Removing snow

There isn't any real need to remove the snow from artificial grass installations. Fallen snow can stay in place and be left to melt naturally. If you do wish to remove snow, use a soft garden brush. Using snow scoops or a garden shovel can easily cause damage to matting, as they would natural turf.

The lawn can still be used during snow, and snowball fights can continue. Take care on artificial lawn the same as you would on a natural one, as the grass fibres will be slippery.

Ensure drainage is in place

Before the winter sets in, it is advisable to make sure that adequate drainage is in place across the entire artificial grass installation. If drainage hasn't been installed correctly, or at all, then melting ice and snow, or heavy rain, can cause the grass matting to lift or become damaged.

Removing frost from artificial grass

Frost will not damage artificial grass and can be left in place until it melts naturally. This is recommended, but if you wish to remove frost, treat it in the same way as snow and remove it with care not to damage the fibres.

The regular use of salt to remove frost is not recommended over the long term, but a fine salt can be used for fast removal of frost if the garden is intended for use.

Covering an artificial lawn for the winter

If you are expecting a harsh winter, and you wish to fully protect your artificial lawn installation, you can cover the entire garden without worrying about damaging the lawn.

Use a tarpaulin-type cover and make sure it is secured around the entire perimeter of the lawn using suitable pegs. Remove heavy surface debris as it falls onto the covered lawn.

PermaLawn artificial lawn is produced to a high standard and is designed to be hard-wearing throughout the year. Correctly installed lawn can withstand inclement weather, heavy foot traffic and consistent use, while remaining aesthetically beautiful.

Whether you require a putting green surface or a hard-wearing play area for children, we have an artificial grass to suit your needs. Enjoy your garden all-year-round with PermaLawn.