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Do weeds grow through artificial turf

Recently ProGreen Synthetic Turf Systems and it’s sister company SprinTurf were featured in a recent article put out by The Daniel Island News. …

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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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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Can Weeds Grow Through Artificial Turf?

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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!

Do weeds grow through artificial turf

Professional artificial lawn installers may have variations on the above method. The main principles are to install the grass so that weeds cannot grow through it and water can drain off the lawn. Weeds need water to grow, and proper drainage means that they do not have access to it. Weeds also need nutrients from the soil, so the weed membrane makes sure that weeds cannot find soil to feed off.

Artificial grass has a tightly woven backing. This keeps the blades upright and drains water from the surface to the subsurface. The backing is designed so that only water and not weeds can pass through the backing.

Installing artificial grass the right way

Make sure that the area is level and that the stones are spread evenly. A rake can be used for this. Over the top of the stones, place another layer of weed membrane.

You may spot weeds and think that they have grown through your artificial grass, but they might only be surface weeds. Airborne seeds carried by birds and the wind can settle on the artificial grass and start to grow.

What if weeds do grow through the artificial grass?

If the grass is laid over an existing lawn area, you should start by removing all the existing turf. This is easily done with a turf-cutting tool. Then, lay a weed membrane over the top of the remaining soil and fill the area with crushed stone. The ideal size for each stone is a little bit less that an inch.