Weeds & Artificial Grass

Jan 8, 2020 | Artificial Grass, Cost-Effective Landscaping, Synthetic Grass

Any Dallas lawn owner knows the irritation and frustration that a patch of weeds can create. You have a broad swathe of pristine green grass accompanied by an ugly splotch of crabgrass ruining a season’s worth of hard work. However, with an artificial grass lawn, weeds are a thing of the past.

Common Types of Weedsweeds and artificial turf

There are three most common types of weeds that infest lawns: crabgrass, broadleaf, and nutsedge. Crabgrass grows primarily in sunny or shady areas during the late spring and early summer. Also known as finger grass or fonio, a patch of crabgrass can grow up to a foot in diameter and quickly overtake an organic lawn if not dealt with quickly. Broadleaf is capable of growing in both dry and wet soil. It appears obviously different from natural lawn grass, making it stand out harshly in a landscape setting. When left unattended, it can become extremely tough and aggressive, choking out other plants. The final common weed type, nutsedge, is a plant consisting of shiny, long, and thin leaves that sprout up to two feet tall. It’s a major problem for homeowners because it grows twice as fast as natural grass.

Artificial Turf: The Anti-Weed Solution

Fortunately, artificial turf has numerous advantages over normal grass when it comes to weed prevention. Weed seeds are carried by the wind, attaching the people’s clothing and animal fur before being dropped into the soil where they can germinate and spread. If weeds are dropped onto synthetic turf, however, there are simply too many layers of artificial material for the seeds to penetrate. Weeds also need water to survive, but artificial grass lawns feature a network of channels and grooves that drain water away and prevent it from pooling in low-lying areas.

Artificial Grass Weed Prevention

When having an artificial grass lawn installed, applying an herbicide or weed killer to the soil before the turf arrives is a good way to kill off any pre-existing weeds or seeds. Additionally, you can apply a weed fabric beneath the synthetic grass to prevent weeds from creeping up through the turf, adding another layer of protection. However, you should avoid doing so if you have pets that go to the bathroom outside, as pet urine can seep down into the fabric and create foul-smelling odors.

While weeds cannot easily grow on or sprout up from beneath synthetic turf, they can occasionally pop up in areas where the seams of the turf weren’t properly established, or along the edges of the turf where they can still access soil. Make sure that when you’re installing an artificial grass lawn, the seams match up precisely and the edges of the turf fit neatly with the boundaries of the lawn.

If properly installed and maintained, a synthetic grass lawn can ensure you never see a weed again in your front or backyard. At DFW Turf Solutions, we provide a wide range of artificial turf product for your Dallas home that will look lush and green year-round, regardless of the weather. Our installation experts can guide you through every step of the process, from helping you choose your synthetic turf options to assisting with the installation process. Give us a call today at (940) 365-9165 today for a free estimate.

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