Weeds and Artificial Grass
Artificial grass is the perfect way to have a lush, evergreen landscape without the tedious maintenance you’d typically need from natural grass. Gone are the days of excessive watering, mowing and fertilizing when you have a synthetic grass surface that practically takes care of itself!
However, one of the questions we regularly get asked is, “what about weeds?” Homeowners are constantly worried about the presence of weeds after their artificial grass installation – and for a good reason. We want to help put your doubts at ease, which is why we’ve put together this helpful guide to preventing and removing weeds from your artificial grass.
Can Weeds Appear on Artificial Turf?
While less prevalent than on natural grass, weeds can still be problematic with synthetic turf. Your artificial grass won’t be overrun with weeds, as synthetic grass is initially designed to create an environment that doesn’t encourage weed growth. High-quality artificial turf is manufactured with multiple layers made of several different materials – this makes it difficult for weeds to push through without the sun and water they need.
A reliable artificial grass installer like Grizzly Turf will install synthetic grass with a weed barrier that can provide an additional layer of protection, securing your lawn in the process!
How to Remove Weeds from Artificial Turf
If you find weeds growing on your artificial grass, there’s no reason to panic – chances are, seeds were blown onto your lawn by the wind or falling leaves. This means that removing the weeds won’t be as stressful as it would be on natural grass!
Weeds are likely to grow on the artificial turf surface, meaning they haven’t taken root in your soil. To remove the weeds, gently uproot them and dispose of them accordingly.
Preventing Weeds on Synthetic Grass
Naturally, your first course of action to address any weed issues on your artificial turf is to do everything you can to stop them from growing in the first place. Here are some helpful tips to proactively avoid weed growth on your synthetic grass:
- Brush away debris – Getting rid of blown-in seeds is pivotal to preventing weed growth. To do this, use a synthetic turf brush or rake to sweep away seeds, leaves or any other debris that could foster weed growth. Be sure to use a brush with synthetic bristles to prevent any permanent damage to your artificial grass!
- Secure your yard – Seeds can hitchhike on dry leaves and grow in damp climates. Trimming trees and pruning hedges are excellent ways to avoid fallen leaves and mitigate seeds blowing into your yard. Use a leaf blower regularly to move fallen leaves, and make sure to weed out any flower beds you may have.
- Get help from the pros – Professional artificial grass maintenance services are an effective way to get ahead of any weed problems you may encounter. Professional turf cleaning services will brush your synthetic grass and disinfect your yard, preventing any unnecessary bacteria growth.