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When you see weeds on and around artificial turf, your initial thought is probably that the weeds started growing underneath the turf and made their way through the backing. You might assume that the installers did not excavate all the weeds underneath the turf, resulting in weeds growing up through the artificial turf backing. This is simply not the case though.
Here at ProGreen, our ProFlow backing does not have any perforations in the backing. This means that it will be harder for the weeds to take root below the turf. When you make it harder, it gives you more time. There is no way to beat Mother Nature, but we sure can make it harder on her!
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When it comes to weeds growing in artificial grass, what gives? A common myth about artificial turf is that there is no maintenance involved. Does artificial turf result in less maintenance? Yes. However, there are certain things in nature that we simply cannot control, weeds being one of them.
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Can Weeds Grow Through Artificial Turf?
If you are having a busy week and you do not have time to pull the weeds growing in artificial grass, do not worry, our ProFlow backing can give you more time. Of course, all types of artificial turf will still get weeds. There is no way to prevent that. However, a strong, resistant, non-perforated backing can help control it. An artificial turf backing that has perforations allows the weeds to take root easily beneath the turf. Once the weed is left to sit for too long, the weed will then be allowed to root deep below and start growing down into the ground through the perforations. These weeds will now be harder to remove. These deep-rooted weeds could potentially damage the turf and result in the area(s) needing to get replaced.
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To remove airborne seeds (and any dirt that may have accumulated) we recommend brushing your artificial lawn with a stiff brush regularly, particularly during the summer months. This quick and easy job will keep your lawn looking perfect and stop pesky weeds from appearing. Choose a brush with synthetic bristles rather than metal ones, as these won’t damage the turf and brush firmly in the direction of the pile. This will not only remove seeds and other debris, but also keep the blades of grass looking perky and upright.
In order to keep your Newlawn free of weeds, we do recommend some regular maintenance to ensure it stays looking like new day in, day out. Carrying this out will reduce the number of surface weeds and keep it looking green and fresh, but even so you’ll spend considerably less time tending to your artificial lawn than your natural one – and for even better results!
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You may be wondering if weeds can grow in an artificial lawn? The answer is yes, it is technically possible, however weeds that you will see growing in an artificial lawn are usually found around the edges and are known as surface weeds. Occasionally, surface weeds can sprout up because of airborne seeds or leaves that have fallen onto the grass from surrounding trees. As these weeds grow so close to the surface, all you need to do to remove them is to gently pull them out. No digging, mowing, strimming or hoeing required!
If you have any trees or hedges overhanging your lawn, regular maintenance of these will also help to reduce weed growth. Trimming and pruning trees and hedges will stop leaves from accumulating and, in autumn, giving your lawn a once over with a leaf blower is a quick and easy way of keeping on top of this job.
Maintain Surrounding Areas
Another method for preventing and removing weeds in your artificial lawn is to apply a pet-friendly weed killer. You needn’t do this often – once or twice per year is perfectly adequate and will keep weeds at bay all year round!
An artificial lawn is a fantastic alternative to a natural one. One of the biggest reasons why our customers choose to invest in our artificial lawns is because they look stunning all year round and need very little maintenance. Natural lawns, however, require a lot of TLC. They need mowing in the growing season; feeding to prevent bare patches; not to mention even the keenest gardeners least favourite job – weeding!