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How Artificial Grass Stands Up to Wet Weather: Slipperiness, The Right Underlay, and Mould Concerns

Post date: November 16, 2023

Artificial grass is becoming more popular thanks to its easy upkeep and year-long lush, green appearance. As its use grows across various weather conditions, many wonder how it fares in wet weather. This blog explores how artificial grass performs in the rain, focusing on issues like slipperiness, the need for a solid underlay, and mould prevention.

 

Is Artificial Grass Slippery in the Rain?

A key concern is whether artificial grass gets slippery when it’s wet. The answer largely depends on the turf’s quality. Top-quality artificial grass comes with drainage systems and anti-slip surfaces. The synthetic blades provide some grip, even in wet conditions. However, lower-cost options may not be as safe and can become slippery when damp.

 

Using a Proper Underlay?

When it comes to installing artificial grass, using a proper underlay is crucial for ensuring a long-lasting and visually appealing outcome. At Artificial Grass of Derbyshire, the preferred underlay material is 6mm dust granite chippings, which offer several advantages:

  1. Firm and Unobtrusive Sub-Base: The chippings compact well, forming a solid foundation that doesn’t interfere with the grass’s appearance or functionality.
  2. Free Draining: Despite being compacted, this material allows for effective drainage, preventing water accumulation.
  3. Reduced Odour: In hot, dry conditions, granite chippings are less likely to emit unpleasant odours, such as those from dog urine, compared to other materials like sand.
  4. Stability: Granite chippings provide a stable base, crucial for properly laying the artificial lawn.

In certain situations, however, different underlays may be preferable. For example, if a lawn area is prone to becoming boggy, an additional layer of “MOT type 1” roadstone might be recommended. This is compacted and overlaid with compacted granite chippings to ensure proper drainage and stability.

Finally, a weed suppressor membrane is installed before laying the new artificial lawn. This layering ensures an optimal outcome, preventing common issues like poor drainage, unnatural appearance, and reduced durability.

Using alternative materials like rubber or different types of infill can also assist with drainage and stability, but granite chippings are often superior to sand and other common underlay materials. This superiority lies in their ability to provide a stable, odour-resistant, and well-draining foundation.

 

Take the Hassle-Out – Get a Professional In!

Hiring a professional for the installation of artificial grass is advised. Professionals are knowledgeable about the best materials and techniques to ensure the artificial grass looks natural, is safe to walk on, and lasts for a long time. They possess the necessary experience and tools to ensure a proper installation, maximising both the durability and aesthetic appeal of your artificial grass.

 

Can Artificial Grass Develop Mould

Concerns about mould and mildew are common with artificial grass, particularly in damp weather. Artificial grass is generally resistant to mould, as its synthetic materials don’t support mould growth. Proper installation with good drainage is key to avoiding water build-up and mould.

However, leaving organic debris like leaves or food on the grass, especially when wet, can lead to mould. Regular cleaning and maintenance are vital to avoid this. We also never recommend top dressing the surface of an artificial lawn with dried kiln sand, as this will certainly encourage the establishing / growth of moss and weeds.

 

Maintaining Artificial Grass in Wet Weather

To keep your artificial grass in top condition during rainy weather, follow these tips:

  1. Regular Cleaning: Clear debris and rinse the grass to stop organic matter build-up.
  2. Good Drainage: Make sure your artificial grass has effective drainage to prevent water pooling.
  3. Frequent Brushing: Brush the grass to keep its natural look and stop the blades from matting.

 

Conclusion

Artificial grass is a brilliant choice, especially if you live in a rainy place. But remember a few important things: First, choose high-quality grass. Second, it needs to be installed properly and taken care of. One of the best things about artificial grass is that it’s not slippery and doesn’t get mouldy easily. Plus, with the right base, it’s great at draining water. To keep it looking good and safe, you’ll need to look after it regularly, no matter the weather.

Having your artificial lawn installed by a professional is really helpful. The experts at Artificial Grass of Derbyshire know exactly how to install it the right way. This means your artificial grass will be ready to handle lots of rain and will last for ages. We can also offer advice on how to take care of your lawn, so it stays looking great for longer. You can get a quote from us today and choose from a wide range of different grasses to suit your needs.

Alexander DickinsonAlexander Dickinson
11:11 12 Sep 23
Christopher and Lee came to install the artificial grass on my back garden with me supplying sleeper. The workmanship and communication with me to meet my needs for the garden they both are flexible to work around it. Have left me a nice garden to able enjoying with family and friends..Much Appreciated for Christopher and Lee.Will be using them in the future and recommend to people.Alex
James MaherJames Maher
13:45 04 Aug 23
These images were kindly supplied by a customer of ours who we supplied with 100 sqm of Prestige 37mm artificial grass. The majority of our projects are fully installed by Artificial Grass Derbyshire but in this case the customer was very confident in their own abilities and have indeed laid a very lovely new artificial lawn.
Melissa TurnerMelissa Turner
10:17 26 Jul 23
These guys have done a fantastic job of our artificial lawn. We did consider doing it ourselves as it’s a small area but so glad we went with them. They were very reasonably priced and the finish is to the highest of standards. They even looked at the overall finish of the garden project and put more of the gravel core down to higher the lawn so the overall finished effect is perfect. Not even worth attempting the job ourselves.We went with the willow lawn and it’s very soft and natural looking. Would highly recommend the business and lawn.
Dennis SimmonsDennis Simmons
16:54 28 Jun 23
Absolutely brilliant the whole team had a positive input this is the 2nd time we have used them and would recommend them to anyone thinking of installing artificial grass
Mark ThatcherMark Thatcher
19:38 22 Jun 23
An amazing service from quote to completion. James and the team are really friendly and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend.
Jan EmeryJan Emery
08:14 12 Jun 23
Paul Emery - artificial willow lawn looks brilliant. Fitting of lawn was professional and meticulous. Delivery was received at the time advised and fitting completed within time advised. Maintenance advice for the lawn from Chris was most helpful. A positive experience from initial quote to the end result of a perfect looking lawn. Would definitely use Artificial Grass Derbyshire again.
Mark BartramMark Bartram
10:30 05 Apr 23
This company put all my fears of having artificial grass installed in on my property. The lawn looks super realistic! Looks absolutely fantastic. The installers were great too, explained the whole process every step of the way. Highly skilled too. Thank you and definitely will be using you again on another one of my properties. All the best Mark
Linda HolmesLinda Holmes
13:28 01 Mar 23
Christopher & Lee were everything good about a business- extremely professional; kept to schedule promised; completed the installation of artificial grass with it looking a picture !
Azin KafaiAzin Kafai
19:42 28 Apr 22
Chris, Jim and James were absolutely brilliant and did a fantastic job of my new lawn. Super speady, amazing attention to detail. It looks stunning and they were so lovely to deal with. Highly recommended, best thing I've done!
Moira HaighMoira Haigh
08:09 07 Jul 21
Brilliant 👏 thanks for making it easier to spend money 😊. I will be returning often. The staff are very helpful and approachable. We'll done all staff 🥇
Jaimal singh JanduJaimal singh Jandu
15:41 09 Jul 20
Kelly BurnsKelly Burns
10:44 21 Jun 17
Luke SillitoLuke Sillito
14:13 22 Jun 16
Brilliant job absolutely delighted would with out a doubt recommend to anyone, two of our friends have already chosen to use them
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