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Can weeds grow through artificial grass?

The big benefit of artificial grass is enjoying an authentic-looking lawn without the upkeep. While this is mostly the case, a sporadic weed may occasionally grow through artificial grass. 

In this article, we’ll address how to reduce the likelihood of weed growth in fake turf, along with some helpful removal advice.

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Can weeds grow through artificial grass?

Artificial grass is far more resistant to weed growth compared with natural grass. This is especially true if the grass has been installed by a professional company such as Easigrass Essex who incorporate innovative membrane technology during the installation process to further decrease the chance of weed growth. 

However, some more persistent weeds may still occasionally grow at the edges of fake turf, or through small holes. These must be dealt with like weeds in natural grass to minimise the damage caused. 

How to prevent weeds growing through artificial grass

Even though artificial grass vastly reduces the likelihood of weeds, there are still a few things you can yourself do to prevent growth. 

Let’s take a look at the three best techniques to stop weeds in their tracks. 

  • Membrane: During installation, the Easigrass experts will lay a weed-resistant membrane underneath the artificial turf. This protective barrier discourages seeds from taking root and weeds from growing through, while still allowing excellent water drainage. Be aware that while these membranes are very effective, the occasional stray weed may still come through. 
  • Brushing: Weed seeds are carried by the wind and may land on your turf. Even though it’s far more difficult for seeds to establish themselves on fake grass, routine brushing of artificial grass is a good upkeep practice that keeps your lawn looking good while also helping to rid the lawn of these pesky seeds. Use a stiff brush or plastic rake to do this as a metal rake is too harsh for artificial grass. 
  • Weed killer: Because weeds are uncommon on artificial lawns, you should only need to spray weed killer once or twice a year to keep growths at bay. If you have pets, take care to use animal-friendly alternatives on the market. 

The above methods are effective at keeping weed growth at bay, but what if weeds are peeking through already? 

How to remove weeds from artificial grass

In the unlikely event that weeds have grown through your artificial grass, you can remove them by uprooting them, pouring boiling water over them or by spraying them with weed killer. Take care with boiling water and weed killers, as they can eliminate other forms of plant life too. 

You can also pursue non-toxic weed killers that are more gentle on the environment, such as homemade vinegar sprays. Also consider pets and children when selecting your weed killer to keep everyone safe. 

Enjoy a low-maintenance lawn with Easigrass Essex. Our award-winning artificial grass is installed with underlying weed-resistant membranes to ensure a pristine authentic lawn all year round. To discover more about our range of pet-friendly and child-safe grass, get in touch today

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