It’s September in Arizona, and there are two things on everyone’s mind: “Why are Christmas decorations out on the shelves along with Halloween?” And, “When will it be time to plant winter grass?”
Businesses and homeowners with artificial turf only have to ponder the first question because their playgrounds, yards, putting greens, and landscaped areas are all ready for winter. But they shouldn’t bask too long in smugness because there are a few things needed to prepare artificial turf for a change in seasons.
Like other green things in Arizona, even an artificial lawn or putting green can seem a bit weary after the exceedingly hot summers. Fortunately, it’s both easy and relatively quick work to get synthetic grass looking seasonally spectacular.
Let’s note that in central Arizona, this task will be significantly easier because other parts the state have somewhat different weather patterns such as heavy snowfall up north, and more rain, sleet and freezing temperatures outside the metro Phoenix area. But, still, wherever the turf is located, it’s still easier to take care of in fall and winter than planting a whole new lawn each winter.
No doubt, every artificial turf lawn is slightly different with different style blades, coloring, density and infill, which provides a variety of different styles for businesses and homeowners to choose. But basically, the same care applies to all types of artificial turf, whether it’s at a business on a putting green or on a restaurant patio.
So seasonal changes will have differing impacts upon any areas with artificial turf.
First, don’t forget that artificial turf is outside and as such, that alone will have some impact. September is a good time to double-check the adhesive securing the turf. If anything has worked loose during the Monsoon storms, turf owners might need to add some extra fastenings to keep it secure. Anyone needing specific assistance can contact the experts at AZ Turf Depot, as well.
For landscaped areas that also have trees, shrubs or bushes blended with the artificial turf area, leaves, twigs, and other items are likely to accumulate. Whether it’s falling leaves or blowing dust, the debris will need to be cleared from the lawn. Dust can be brushed away, and leaves can be raked using a plastic garden rake or a broom.
Here in the middle of the state, temperatures rarely drop to freezing or below, but artificial turf can be affected by cold temperatures. Frost can accumulate on its surfaces, which could leave the blades brittle, and even a hard rain can leave it slippery.
Any accumulation of frost or snow should be allowed to melt naturally or pushed off the grass gently. The important thing to remember is to avoid using metal lawn tools or equipment because they could permanently damage the turf.
Once everyone understands that artificial turf is really intended to stand up to all but the harshest of weather events, fall and winter will be a lot easier to enjoy – and no one will worry what the lawn will look like in the spring. With a properly installed and maintained artificial turf system, it’s sure to be great.