6 Things That Can Harm Artificial Turf?

Artificial grass is a great option for a lawn. It has a fantastic appearance, requires little maintenance, and maybe better for the environment. It’s actually one of the most beneficial applications for recovered plastics.

All of these benefits, however, are not without their drawbacks. Artificial grass is beautiful, but it may be harmed in ways that soil, pebbles, and other landscaping options can not. These are some of the most frequent ways synthetic grass is damaged, as well as some preventative measures you can take.

1. Extreme Heat or Fire

Everyone knows that lighting a fire to the lawn is a horrible idea. No one needs to warn you, but there are common sources of heat, fire, and smoke in yards (especially backyards). It’s easy to overlook the dangers that some of these pose to your artificial grass. 

Outdoor fireplaces are the first. Even if you’re aware of the danger and keep it off the grass, having a fireplace too close to the house might result in heat and smoke damage. Also, an outside barbeque is a common hazard. This is a plentiful source of heat and smoke, both of which can harm the grass, whether it uses propane, charcoal, or natural gas. Lastly, smoking is the easiest risk to overlook. Ashes are produced by both cigarettes and cigars. If you smoke on the turf, the ash that falls to the ground might burn the turf and cause costly damage.

2. Oils

Oil is another factor that harms turf. There are a variety of oils that can be spilled on grass and cause chemical damage. Oils, in essence, can degrade some of the plastics in the grass, causing difficulties. To avoid this problem, attempt to wipe it up as soon as possible.

3. Adhesives

There are a variety of items that can harm turf if dropped. Adhesive materials are at the top of the list. While you may not believe there is a significant chance of leaking glue on your lawn, artificial grass is frequently plagued by a damaging adhesive. Chewing gum is the adhesive. While a single piece of gum may not damage your entire lawn, gum stuck in the grass is a comparable problem to gum stuck in one’s hair. This is a bad situation.

4. Reflective Sunlight

This one can be aggravating at times, but it’s also doable. Your lawn will last for many years in typical sunny conditions. That’s exactly what it’s made for. Things alter when you have a significant source of reflected or focused sunshine. The reflection increases the amount of UV light that reaches the lawn, potentially shortening its lifespan. Similarly, concentrated sunshine can overheat the lawn, causing harm. Fortunately, by paying attention to the site before the turf is installed, these two difficulties can be easily resolved.

5. Sharp Objects

Sharp items can rip through the turf substrate on a regular basis. We see this a lot with patio furniture. The legs on the furniture take a toll on artificial grass. Before you put anything on your new artificial lawn, inspect for any sharp edges that will be pressed up against it. Be sure that the edges are rounded and blunted. You’ll also want to check the weight, which leads us to our next point.

6. Heavy Weight

The artificial grass’s structural layers might be damaged by a heavy weight. This can cause irreversible damage to the turf and cause it to be completely destroyed. The good news is that light pedestrian activity isn’t enough to cause this issue. Something more along the lines of a parked vehicle or stone planter will cause damage. Even little vehicles, such as motorcycles, might be hefty enough to cause issues. A wheelbarrow loaded with dirt or rocks could cause damage to the grass. You get the picture. Make sure you understand the weight ratings for your lawn and keep them in mind.

Artificial grass is fantastic, but you must be aware of the proper care. At U.S. Artificial Grass, we are you to assist you in ensuring that your turf lasts as long as possible. Contact us at (800) 674-TURF and we’ll have one of our trained professionals answer any questions or concerns.

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