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An artificial lawn will generally cope just fine with the British winter weather. It is robust and durable enough to handle frost, snow and icy weather, but there are a few things to bear in mind to ensure your artificial lawn remains in perfect condition.
Snow, Ice & Frost:
The artificial grass fibres will stiffen and become slippery with snow, ice or frost, so be extra careful when walking across it. Snow and ice will melt naturally, just like it would on a natural lawn, and it won’t damage or discolour the artificial lawn.
You can still use and play on the grass in light snow and frost. However, if it is very icy and the bristles have frozen, then take care when walking across the lawn as the grass fibres could snap. The longer the pile height of the grass, the more risk there is of this happening in very icy weather.
We do not recommend removing the snow from the lawn. Using a shovel could damage some of the grass fibres. If you must, then make sure to be extra careful!
We also don’t recommend de-icing your artificial lawn. Using salt to melt the ice could damage the grass backing if you use too much of it.
If you have time and you know that snow is forecast, do try and remove any debris on the artificial grass. It’s not a problem if you don’t, just bear in mind that the snow will turn the debris wet and soggy so it will be slightly more difficult to clean from the lawn.
The artificial grass will be flattened by the snow, especially if it’s a thick layer, so when the snow has melted, the grass will need to be brushed back up. This shouldn’t take you too long, depending on the size of the garden, and it can easily be done with a stiff brush.
If you’re particularly worried about snow and ice, you can always cover your artificial grass for the winter. But this isn’t necessary.
Artificial grass requires far less maintenance than a natural lawn, and this is no different in winter. Though there are a few tips to bear in mind, artificial grass is robustly designed to last through many cold winters. So don’t worry, your artificial lawn will still look lush and green after a snowy and icy winter.