Natural grass lawns can become a major hassle and maintenance nightmare during inclement weather. Heavy downpours, gale-force winds, and flooding can damage pristine landscapes, turning them into muddy, littered messes. No matter how much care is taken, real grass is inevitably vulnerable to the forces of extreme weather. Artificial grass in Dallas provides the perfect storm-proof alternative to traditional sod. In this guide, we’ll explore why, along with maintenance tips and best practices for protecting your investment before, during, and after rainy, windy conditions. We’ll also touch on what to look for if repairs or replacement become necessary.
What Makes Artificial Grass Durable Against Storms?
Superior Anchoring System
One of the biggest vulnerabilities of real grass is the sod can become loosened or even uprooted when soaked by heavy rainfall. But artificial turf securely weaves the grass blades into a permeable backing material and reinforces them with a drainage mat underneath.
Fasten the edges to the perimeter using adhesive, staples, or anchoring beams buried underground. This process results in an exceptionally stable surface that stormy weather cannot shift or lift.
Effective Drainage Capabilities
Excess moisture is the enemy of natural lawns, often causing soft muddy patches, erosion, and waterlogged areas with poor drainage. Synthetic grass has specialized drainage components built right into its layered construction. Tiny perforations in the porous backing allow rainwater to quickly drain through.
A crushed stone subsurface base underneath also facilitates drainage to keep the entire lawn free of standing water. Any rainfall will rapidly dissipate through these drainage systems rather than pooling on the top.
No Risk of Erosion
Many homeowners find their natural lawns developing unsightly bare or thinning patches after major storms due to erosion of the topsoil. But synthetic grass materials are inherently resistant to erosion and remain intact after inclement weather. The backing and stabilizing infill cannot be broken down or displaced, retaining the lawn’s uniform appearance.
Quick Drying Times
With real grass, drying out completely after a heavy storm can take several days, leaving lawns soggy and unusable. Artificial turf blades are designed to not absorb water, allowing them to dry rapidly. Raindrops drain fully through the permeable backing rather than causing any moisture buildup. Without soaked organic soil, the synthetic lawn will become dry and usable again within a short time after the storm passes.
Minimal Mess and Debris
Wind and rain tend to litter yards with fallen leaves, sticks, and other debris after a storm. Natural grass blades easily collect this unwanted residue. Synthetic varieties have smooth, upright blades that allow debris to be swiftly removed with basic raking or blowing. Rainwater rinses away most loose sediment. Any remaining dirt can be easily scrubbed off without damaging the artificial grass plants.
Caring for Artificial Turf After a Storm
While they require much less care than natural grass, synthetic lawns still require some TLC after severe weather to get them looking pristine again:
- Pick up fallen branches, leaves, litter and other debris. Removing organics prevents rotting and staining.
- Rake vigorously to fluff up matted grass blades and re-distribute infill granules that have shifted.
- Blast away dust and dirt using a high-powered hose on a fan setting. Don’t use excessive water pressure.
- For muddy areas, spray on an enzyme cleaner or degreaser and let soak for 5-10 minutes before rinsing.
- Use a stiff natural bristle brush to gently scrub out deeply ground-in dirt.
- Allow the artificial grass to fully air dry before using.
- Schedule prompt repairs for any sections that appear loosened or uplifted after the storm.
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If you have any other questions about artificial grass or are interested in installing this durable, lush landscape for your property, contact our team at Synthetic Grass DFW by calling 214-972-0449. We’re always happy to have technicians address any concerns, make recommendations for your specific needs, and ensure you get the ideal artificial lawn that fits your home and lifestyle.