Things that Damage Artificial Turf
The blades of artificial turf are made of a combination of polyethylene and nylon. While these are incredibly durable substances, they are susceptible to some elements. There are basically three things that damage artificial turf:
2. Sharp objects
3. Certain chemicals like paints and paint thinners
Heat can damage your artificial grass in several ways. The most common way synthetic grass is damaged is by homeowners placing hot objects either on or too close to their lawn.
Grills pose a significant risk to synthetic lawns. Grills not only produce heat but have metal bases. The metal absorbs the sun’s heat and placing the grill on your artificial grass could easily cause the blades to wilt or melt. The heat grills produce can also cause problems because sparks or embers could land on your lawn, leaving damage.
Fire pits are also problematic for the same reason. Sparks and embers can fly out, landing on your artificial grass, and cause damage to blades.
Lawn equipment like chainsaws & hedge trimmers can also cause damage if it is placed on the turf after being used.
Some may be surprised to find out double-paned, energy efficient windows can damage artificial turf. These windows reflect a lot of sun, which can cause heat spots on your lawn.
Sharp objects also pose a risk because they could cut into your artificial lawn if they fall. Synthetic grass has a fine mesh backing and sharp objects falling into it could damage it. Other sharp objects could come in game accessories like crochet loops or volleyball poles.
Some chemicals, like paint and paint thinner, also creates damage on synthetic lawns as it could drop deep into the grass and be difficult to remove once it dries.
How to Avoid Damaging Your Artificial Grass
Protecting your artificial grass doesn’t mean you must give up yard games, grills or hobbies outside. It does require some planning during your synthetic grass installation and ongoing use of your yard.
- Create a solid space for hot and heavy items like grills and fire pits. You can install a stone or concrete patio that will work well for these objects and keeps them off your lawn.
- Find ways to shade artificial grass areas around windows. Ideas include installing an awning, putting a picnic table with an umbrella there or create a different type of landscaping for areas near windows. You can even place tent on windows to reduce the reflection.
- Put away any lawn tools, like hedge clippers, once you are done using them to avoid them being placed onto your lawn.
- With game accessories, plan to install some permanent concrete bases for game poles or use weighted poles rather than those that go into the ground. Regarding games like croquet, pick items with flat-bottom bases that sit in the infill rather than sharp ends that would puncture the mesh fabric to go into the dirt.
- Paint is used sometimes outside. Whether you are painting the house, working on a hobby, or using paint for outdoor games, this is a chemical that needs some forethought before you use it near your synthetic grass. There is a special paint for games that doesn’t hurt artificial grass, so it deserves investigation. With hobbies and house painting, try to work in areas away from your grass on a patio or use a tarp when you work.
If paint does fall on your lawn, clean it up immediately with water. It is less likely to cause damage if it is cleaned before it dries.
Doing a few preventive things and planning the use of your yard will go a long way to keeping your artificial turf from being damaged.