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By TigerTurf UK on November 18, 2014
With the weather slowly becoming decidedly gloomier, it’s time to start thinking about how to look after your artificial surface during the winter months. Artificial turf does require a lower level of maintenance than natural grass (and will look much better in the winter); however there are several important steps you should still take in order to ensure your surface remains at its best through the season.
Remove any debris
Autumn brings with it fallen leaves, but whilst the leaves themselves will not cause any damage, they will make your lawn or pitch look unsightly and could be a slip hazard for those using it.
There is a possibility that if these leaves are not removed, over time they could decompose and begin to cause organic growth within the surface. If this happens, you could be required to invest unnecessary expenditure on weed killer or algae remover to remove any growth.
If your artificial garden surface is covered in snow, there is a good chance a footpath will need to be cleared so you can access your house, car, etc. The best way to do this is with a plastic snow shovel. Snow and ice will inevitably make your surface slippery; however it is very important that you do not scatter rock salt on the turf, as you might do on a driveway. The pH content in the salt could eventually cause damage to the yarns, which could later lead to unavoidable repair costs.
Ideally, if the temperature drops below -5°C, a synthetic pitch should not be played on. Extremely cold temperatures can cause the yarns to stiffen and then split if too much pressure is applied. However there will be some cases where play cannot be avoided. In this instance, we recommend scattering the surface with a specialised salt, such as Peacocks Vacuum Salt which will deice, but not damage the surface.
- Preventative treatments (before freezing conditions) are more effective than applications after the freezing event has occurred.
- Inclement weather factors such as wind and precipitation will require increased application rates.
- For best results in snow conditions, the snow must be cleared before applying the de-icing treatment.
By considering these simple steps, you can ensure your artificial grass is the gift that keeps giving this winter.