Can artificial grass survive heavy rain?

Posted: November 23, 2022

As we write this, we’ve recently lived through perhaps the hottest and driest summer on record. We saw record temperatures of over 40°C and rivers and reservoirs across the country dropping to low levels not seen for years. In areas where hosepipe bans have been imposed, homeowners have been unable to water their lawns properly, often leading to unsightly brown patches of dead grass. 

As we move from autumn into winter, however, we will probably start to see different kinds of extreme weather brought about by the increasing effects of climate change. One of these is likely to be prolonged spells of heavy rain. 

If you’re thinking about getting artificial grass installed at your home or commercial premises, you may already understand why it’s going to survive hot and dry weather better than natural grass, but you may be less sure about how it would cope with particularly heavy rain. 

Thankfully, artificial grass is just as resilient to very wet weather as it is to very hot and dry weather. Here’s why.

Water resistant materials

The materials from which artificial lawns are made are specifically chosen for their ability to be strongly resistant to water – so you’ll get no degradation in the blades, even if they’re submerged for a considerable time. By the time the worst of the wet weather has passed, your artificial grass will be in as good a condition as it was before it arrived!

No mud, no mess

When natural grass is exposed to even moderate amounts of rain, it doesn’t take much activity on it to expose the soil below, quickly turning it into mud. Once that happens, that mud has the potential to cause all kinds of mess. You don’t get that with artificial grass – no matter how wet it gets, you won’t have to worry about muddy shoes or muddy paws bringing mess into your house.

In fact, rather than creating a mess, rainwater actually cleans your artificial grass as it passes through, washing away any accumulated dirt, even the ‘mess’ left by dogs and other animals.

Reduced potential for standing water

After long periods of dry weather like we’ve experienced this year, the parched earth can struggle to soak up the sudden large amounts of water produced by heavy rain when it does eventually arrive. That can result in standing water if the water has nowhere to go or even flash floods if it does. Neither of those is good news!

Artificial grass, on the other hand, is laid onto a base that allows for plenty of drainage no matter how dry it’s been beforehand. In most cases, the water will just soak through as soon as it lands.

Looks its best in all weathers

We mentioned before how real lawns can get muddy as a result of heavy rain; well, at the same time, you can end up losing whole patches of grass, leaving puddles of mud that may need careful cultivation to get back into shape once the weather improves. Not with artificial grass – in fact, with the right type, you could even stage a game of rugby on it in the rain and not worry about ruining it. Give it a good brush afterwards and it should look as good as new!

Safer for all

Wet and muddy natural lawns are easily slipped on, and even if landing on the grass itself shouldn’t make for a heavy landing, there’s always the possibility of injury as a result of banging heads or limbs on nearby structures. You won’t have to worry about that with our artificial lawns, which are almost as easy to walk on in the rain as they are in dry conditions. 


Here at Easigrass North Kent, we are leading fitters of our award-winning artificial grass across the North Kent area, including Maidstone, Dartford and Sevenoaks. With no fuss and very little maintenance, it’s the ideal solution for those who want to enjoy a beautiful lawn all year and in all weathers.

Get in touch with us now to find out more.

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