Can I Barbecue on Artificial Grass?
While barbecue season may be behind us, you never know when an unexpected sunny spell may encourage us to relight the grill and get our friends and families around for some al fresco food. After all, Brits love nothing more than an excuse to eat burgers and hot dogs outside.
Whether you’re someone who’s willing to host a barbecue even outside of the summer months or are just looking for some tips ahead of next year, if you have artificial grass in your garden it’s important to know how to accommodate your barbecue.
At Easigrass Northants, we’re experts in all things artificial grass. We provide award-winning products to customers throughout Northampton, Milton Keynes, and Bedford, and have put together a guide outlining everything you need to know about artificial grass and barbecues.
Where To Place Barbecues
If you’re wondering ‘can I place my barbecue on artificial grass?’, the first thing you need to know is that this is a big no-no.
Artificial grass is made from polypropylene plastic that will burn and melt if exposed to flames or intense heat. If you put your barbecue on the grass, it is highly likely it will melt or become irreparably damaged – ruining the aesthetic of your luscious green lawn.
Instead, we’d recommend putting the barbecue on decking or patio areas. These surfaces will be much better at handling the heat and you won’t have to worry about any burning or melting. If the location of your decking is close to the grass, we recommend putting down a protective sheet to be extra sure no damage will come to your lawn.
Things To Ask Guests
If you’re hosting a barbecue, it’s likely that you’re going to have full control of the food and the grill. However, if you’ve got a grill master among your guests who is going to be overseeing the cooking, it’s worth mentioning to them that the barbecue will need to stay away from your artificial grass.
Plus, if you have guests who smoke, you should provide ashtrays for them and ask them not to discard cigarette ends on your artificial grass. A loose cigarette end, ash, or embers could cause significant damage to your turf, so it’s always worth making people aware.
What To Do If Your Artificial Grass Is Damaged
At a barbecue, there is the potential for all kinds of spillages and hazards that could impact your artificial grass. Some are easier to deal with than others.
For example, if any ketchup, mayo, or any kind of condiment accidentally gets onto the turf, it is easy enough simply to wipe it up without worrying about it staining.
If you or a guest spills a substantial amount of drink on the grass, it’s worth giving the area a good rinse with some soapy water. While it should easily soak up without staining, this wash will prevent it from becoming sticky.
In the worst-case scenario that your artificial grass does become burned from the barbecue, or for any other reason, the patch that’s damaged will need to be replaced. Our team here at Easigrass Northants will be able to provide patch replacements that seamlessly blend into your existing lawn.
At Easigrass Northants, we supply and install award-winning artificial turf to domestic and commercial customers throughout the region. This includes operating in Northampton, Milton Keynes, and Bedford. If you’re located nearby and want to find out more, contact our team today.