Artificial turf has many other benefits but you’ll notice we used the term “virtually maintenance free” because in actual fact there are a few things to do on rare occasion. A leaf blower occasionally. Spot cleaning as needed with Simple Green or water and a light scrub. Once in a great while you may have a weed appear. Though it is rare for weeds to grow back after having artificial turf installed, there are always possibilities along the edges of the turf or seams that weren’t properly established where weeds will be more inclined to pop up due to airborne seeds perhaps from your neighbors mower and other sources. Here are just a few common weeds that may appear on your artificial turf lawn.
Crabgrass primarily grows in lawn/landscape areas and can rapidly take over someone’s lawn. It will often sprout in sunny or shady areas during the late Spring and early Summer seasons. Crabgrass is also known as finger-grass and can grow up to 12 inches in diameter.
Broadleaf weeds include dandelions, chickweed, and plantain. Broadleaf weeds grow in dry or wet soil and can grow as much as a foot in diameter. Broadleaf weeds are easily identified in the lawn because they do not resemble grass. When Broadleaf is left unattended, they can become tough and aggressive and will spread rapidly.
Nutsedge doesn’t play around. It’s a perennial, grass-like lawn weed and has been called one on the “worst weeds”. Although it’s sometimes called nutgrass, it’s not technically a grass. It’s a sedge. Its leaves are grass-like and yellow-green, and the spiky flower or seed head is yellow. Yellow nutsedge can be distinguished from good grasses by its V-shaped stem. The best way to identify it? If you’ve mowed and a day or two later you see yellow grass growing higher than your lawn… yellow nutsedge is the culprit. It’s a tough weed to control because its tubers can grow 8-14 inches deep in the soil. Solutions Weed Prevention – applying herbicide or other weed killer to the soil is always a good option as a pre-installation step of turf installation to kill off any preexisting weeds or seeds.
Weed Elimination – if a weed should appear then spray it with a herbicide or other weed killer in a temperature of over 70℉ and then wait for the dehydration process to complete with the weed turning a full golden/dark brown – this process can take as long as 2-weeks. Hotter temperatures speed up the process. If the plant is pulled up prior to the dehydration process being complete then the roots will remain and the weed remains or will return.
Weed Barrier – when backyards or front yards are not occupied by pets, applying commercial grad weed fabric underneath your artificial turf lawn is also a great option. The weed fabric is a weed suppressor that is designed to prevent weeds from creeping their way through your turf, creating an added layer of protection. Weed fabric isn’t ideal for homes with pets because urine that seeps down into the fabric can cause unpleasant odors over time. Below are some advantages of using weed fabric:
Effective in weed and erosion control
UV resistant for sun exposure
Water permeability – up to 10 gallons per minute/sq. Ft
Resist mildew, rotting and insect invasion
Durable & tear resistant
Artificial Turf or Synthetic Grass is manufactured to create a beautiful landscape alternative that eliminates the laborious routines and expenses that burdens households with natural grass. Don’t let those pesky weeds deter you from enjoying your beautiful synthetic grass lawn.