Just as entire buildings can be eradicated by the weather, so too can whole swathes of a garden. Conditions only have to sway in the direction of one extreme and your garden can come under threat. An abundance of rainfall can have just as dire consequences for your grass’ health as an absence of rainfall. Droughts, floods and blizzards are all equally capable of wreaking havoc with a garden. To familiarise yourself with the different threats weather poses to your garden and the fastest way to neutralise this threat, we have produced this guide to protecting your lawn from weather damage.
Without water, the vast majority of plants can’t survive. Xerophytes aside, plants need a plentiful supply of water to be able photosynthesise and create the food they need to grow. When there is a prolonged period of drought, it is an inevitability that your grass will eventually begin to suffer. Left to deteriorate, it will begin to yellow and lose its original vibrancy as time passes. While finding an alternative source of water will solve this issue, in an area or timeframe where rainfall is rare, there can be restrictions on using surplus water. Supplies of water wearing thin is bad enough, but when you consider the environmental implications too, it becomes even more irresponsible to use supplementary water. Siding with the environment will however come at the cost of a healthy lawn. One way to keep your integrity – and your lawn – intact is to instead opt for an artificial grass lawn. Artificial grass will retain its appearance even in the complete absence of rain.
Grass can’t survive without water, but it also can’t survive if it is completely submerged in water. A waterlogged lawn deprives plant roots of air, leaving them in a kind of stasis, unable to grow or develop. In warmer temperatures especially, when the water-absorbing capabilities of plant roots are in even greater demand, grass can really suffer. Natural grass can only withstand a certain volume of rainfall before it becomes saturated. Artificial grass on the other hand, is fitted with a sophisticated drainage system that can deal with masses of rainfall in an extremely short period of time. Artificial grass doesn’t suffer from the same vulnerabilities natural grass does – and that applies to handling rainfall too.
Grass is a relatively robust species in the face of cold, but it is far from invulnerable. Low temperatures can cause soil to freeze. Unable to take up water through their roots, plants are starved of water and can die due to lack of moisture. The effect of cold can be amplified when plants face the morning sun. The sudden change of temperature causes them to defrost too quickly, rupturing their cell walls in the process. Again, the only way to absolutely eliminate the possibility of cold affecting your grass is to opt for a more durable artificial grass surface instead.
Weather can harm your garden in a number of different ways. Not enough water, too much water, cold temperatures and warm temperatures can all have a devastating effect on a natural lawn surface. Designed to be far more resilient than its natural counterpart, artificial grass garden designs are more than capable of weathering a variety of different conditions. If you have any doubts about this, we can ship an artificial grass sample out to you to allay these fears. Where green space is available only at a premium (London lawn turf is perhaps the best example) these spaces should be used to their maximum capacity. Artificial grass suppliers like ourselves can help you make the most of these opportunities – call or email us today!