Your Guide to Weeds and Artificial Grass

Synthetic grass has many practical and aesthetic benefits, which makes it a popular landscaping solution among Irvine residents. One feature that homeowners love is artificial turf’s strong resistance to weeds. With an artificial grass lawn, you’ll have exponentially fewer weeds to contend with and your lawn will stay even and pristine year-round. However, it is possible for weeds to grow in turf from time to time. When this happens, you may wonder what causes it how to get rid of the weeds effectively. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about weeds and artificial grass.

Does artificial grass get weeds?

Although weeds are rare in synthetic turf, they can occur on occasion. Weeds most often grow around the edge of the turf since the structure of the turf backing makes it extremely difficult for weeds to thrive there. Due to a lack of water access, a lack of soil, and a tightly woven backing that prevents penetration, weeds have an extremely difficult time taking root in the ground and growing successfully. However, it is possible for a weed to grow through a small hole in the perforated backing every once in a while. While it’s technically possible for your artificial grass lawn to experience weeds, it’s pretty rare that it will do so. 

How to prevent weed growth

There are certain steps you can take to further prevent weeds from growing in your lawn. If you don’t have any pets, you can install a weed fabric underneath your lawn as an effective means of deterring weeds. Weed fabric prevents weeds from growing by creating an added layer of protection. It’s eco-friendly; U.V.-resistant; and resists mold, mildew, rotting, and insect invasion. However, pet owners should be advised against installing weed fabric since pet waste will seep into the fabric and cause odors over time. Cross-brushing your lawn regularly will also help remove airborne seeds and keep turf from growing. This is especially important during the summer months when weed seeds are especially prevalent.

How to treat existing weeds

If you already have weeds growing in your synthetic grass lawn, you’ll need to know how to safely and effectively remove them without damaging your turf. Just like with a natural grass lawn, pet-friendly weed killers are the best means of doing so. Apply your weed killer once or twice a year to keep your lawn clear all year long. You can also use apple cider vinegar to kill seeds that are germinating. It’s an all-natural, non-toxic solution that is safe for kids and pets. Finally, pull any fully grown weeds that you see popping out of your grass. This will prevent the weed killer from leaving unsightly, decomposing pieces across your otherwise beautiful artificial grass lawn. 

If you’re ready for a low-maintenance lawn that boosts your curb appeal all year long, give OC Turf & Putting Greens a call. Irvine residents know that we’re the best in the industry for high-quality synthetic grass installations and exceptional customer service. To find out more about us or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call today at (888) 526-2289. We would be happy to assist you in any way we can.