9 Easy Maintenance Tips for Your Artificial Lawn
Installing artificial grass can help you save a lot of money in the long run by eliminating the need to reseed, water, or mow the lawn. However, installing synthetic grass does require you to make an upfront investment, and if you want to make good your money’s worth, you’ll have to ensure that your turf is being cared for.
While artificial grass needs a lot less care and maintenance than natural grass, grooming it regularly will help extend its life and keep it looking as natural as possible. If you’re ready to learn more about taking care of your synthetic turf, read on for some tips.
1. Have the Right Equipment
Just because you’re installing artificial grass, doesn’t mean you won’t require any tools or equipment to keep your lawn looking lush. Do away with the lawn mower but retain your hose, leaf blower, and rake. Also have a stiff brush on hand.
Most of these tools and equipment can be bought cheap, so even if you don’t already have these in your garden shed, you won’t have to spend a lot of money.
2. Take Care Post-Installation
Following the installation, you’re bound to see excess sand on the surface of the turf. This is normal and you only need to sweep the sand across the turf lightly to help it make its way into the infill.
3. Always Keep the Turf Clean
Debris, dirt, and dust can accumulate on the turf and make it look unappealing over time. As such, cleaning the turf on a regular basis is important. Use a lawn sweeper, garden vacuum, or leaf blower to clear the turf of fallen leaves and dirt.
4. Tend to the Turf as Needed
Tending to fake grass once in three months is recommended, but if you have pets or kids playing on the turf, you might want to clean it more often. Additionally, if your pet has an accident on the grass or if someone spills food or drink on the grass, ensure to clean up the mess as soon as you can.
5. Brush Regularly
Natural grass blades stand upright and that’s exactly how fake grass blades should stand too. Keep in mind that even the toughest synthetic grass blades will bend over time and the only way to keep your lawn looking natural is to brush it regularly.
Use the stiff brush to keep blades aligned and upright. A brush with synthetic bristles at least 5 inches long will be perfect for the job. Refrain from using a brush with metal bristles as doing so can damage the grass. Remember to brush with just enough force; applying less pressure won’t make a difference to the blades and applying too much pressure can make the lawn appear uneven.
If you have artificial grass installed over a huge area, brushing regularly may not be possible. In such a case, just brush over high traffic areas to keep your turf looking natural. If you see grass blades bending to a side, add some infill and spread it with the help of the brush to restore the turf to its former glory!
6. Rinse Frequently
Artificial grass can be rinsed with water as and when needed to get rid of debris and other waste. You can also use a mild detergent on especially dirty spots and then hose down the turf with water.
Heavier stains like those from sunscreen, grease, and motor oils can be removed by using mineral spirits.
7. Eliminate Stench
Bad odors won’t affect your turf in any way, but you obviously can’t let your turf stink. If pet urine or excrement is making the turf smell, clean the area with an enzyme cleaner. You can also hose down the area with a mixture of water and a household deodorizer like vinegar.
8. Use Weedicides
Weeds can grow even after installing artificial grass. So instead of waiting for weeds to sprout out and causing further damage, be proactive and treat the turf to weedicides every once in a while.
9. Don’t Worry about the Heat
If the harsh sun beating down on your turf worries you, you need to know that the quality and look of your artificial grass won’t be affected by the heat. If you can’t help but worry, hose down the area with water to cool off the turf. Again, doing so isn’t necessary unless you’re planning to take a walk in your garden barefoot!
Installing artificial grass can be very expensive, especially if you’re getting a large area covered. Nevertheless, a synthetic lawn is a practical investment as it can help you save time and money in the long run.
An artificial lawn doesn’t need the high degree of care and maintenance that natural grass requires. But since you’re spending a huge amount on getting an artificial lawn, caring for it becomes necessary.