Chicagoans looking for landscaping solutions to withstand the city’s cold, wet, and windy weather conditions will likely find that synthetic turf is a perfect choice. Artificial turf can withstand all kinds of weather and retain its fresh, green look with minimum maintenance. You won’t have to worry about the rain and melting snow water damaging your beautiful synthetic lawn. But if you have questions about how to care for the turf during Chicago’s cold winter months, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s some information on how to take care of the turf so that it’s in peak condition when summer rolls around and you’re ready to have outdoor fun with kids and pets.
Artificial Turf is Unaffected by Frost, Snow, and Hail
Artificial grass is made with a highly resilient material that is unlikely to be affected by snow, hail, and freezing temperatures. Once the bad weather has passed, and the water has drained out, you can expect the lawn to look pristine and fresh. Expert synthetic turf companies like SYNLawn typically install an efficient sub-base system such as aggregate for drainage-panel underlayment, to ensure that the water runs off and drains faster, leaving the lawn to dry quicker than natural grass. Unlike real grass, synthetic blades won’t die off, but they can become stiff. You might want to avoid walking on the grass since the frost can make it brittle. If you must walk on the frozen turf blades, tread carefully to prevent breakage. Pet parents may want to keep their buddies indoors.
Remove Packed Snow to Avoid Piling
After a heavy snowfall, you’ll use a plastic shovel to gently move the snow and prevent it from piling on the grass. Excessive piling can result in the snow compacting and turning into ice. Not only can ice nap down the turf’s fibers, but it can also get slippery to walk on. Once the snow has melted, you might notice that the blades seem flattened or matted because of the weight. As the blades dry, they should regain their bouncy, springy appearance. A light brushing with a carpet rake will have the lawn look perky and fresh in no time. But be gentle, or you risk tugging at the fibers.
You Won’t Need to Worry About Rain
Chicago gets an average of around 38 inches of rain per year which is similar to the national average. However, it does get 35 inches of snow which is much higher than the national average of 28 inches. And at some point, the snow has to melt. You don’t need to worry since SYNLawn artificial grass has a drainage capability to meet or exceed standard requirements. Spending a few minutes cleaning up your turf, taking out debris off the surface before winter sets in should keep your synthetic lawn in perfect condition.
Prepping for Windy Conditions
While windy conditions are not likely to affect your synthetic turf, you need to worry about the debris that will settle on the lawn. Dead leaves, dirt, and all kinds of other materials can start to decompose on the yard and leave a muddy mess. Prevent that from happening by brushing away the wind-blown debris.
Synthetic Grass is Recommended for Chicago’s Weather
Synthetic grass is more suitable for Chicago’s climate since it is unlikely to turn into a mushy mess of dead grass and mud. When you choose high-grade products from SYNLawn, you can expect the blades to retain their appeal after the worst weather conditions. What’s more, the company stands by its products with a limited LIFETIME warranty. Since SYNLawn artificial turf products are also designed for the city’s weather, minimal care is needed.
If you have any more questions, we would love to provide directions. Contact us at SYNLawn, and let’s talk some more about how to prep your synthetic lawn for Chicago’s winter.