Artificial Grass Lawn Maintenance Tips
Artificial grass lawns offer a number of benefits and advantages that natural grass lawns just can’t compete with. But perhaps one of the main reasons homeowners are choosing to install artificial grass: to save time and money on maintenance.
Because artificial grass doesn’t require watering, mowing, edging, reseeding, chemical treatments, etc., it is the less costly, more eco friendly, and lower maintenance alternative to a natural grass lawn.
But low maintenance doesn’t mean no maintenance. Following a simple routine maintenance schedule can make all the difference when it comes to ensuring your artificial grass lawn stays green and pristine for decades.
Here are six artificial grass lawn maintenance tips for those who have exchanged their needy natural grass for the ease, convenience, and consistent beauty of an artificial grass lawn:
1. Remove Debris
Removing debris from your artificial grass lawn is simple and especially important after high winds or thunderstorms. Removing leaves, branches, and other debris will protect your grass from damage. In artificial grass maintenance, it’s essential to use the right equipment. Never use tools that have steel points or spikes. Steel can easily rip the mesh backing, which causes permanent damage. Instead, use rakes with plastic points, leaf blowers, leaf catchers, and turf brushes.
2. Eliminate Pollutants
Most airborne pollutants, like dust, pollen, and smoke, can be cleaned easily with a simple rinsing. Rain is great for this purpose since it’s convenient, easy, and free. But a simply spraying of your artificial grass with a hose will eliminate any dust or loose debris during a dry spell.
3. Clean Stains Promptly
Sometimes artificial grass accumulates dirt, debris, or stains that need more than a simple rinsing. Some excellent options for stain removal are green cleaners containing no abrasive chemicals, a highly diluted ammonia mixture, or diluted household detergent. Simply blot the stained area with a sponge dampened with your chosen cleaner. Rub the stain gently until it lifts and then rinse with cold water. Remember not to use caustic, acidic cleaners, and certainly nothing containing bleach.
4. Clear Animal Waste
Artificial grass is perfect for pet owners. You can easily hose it down to get rid of liquid waste, while any solids can be spotted easily for pick up. Artificial grass also has a revolutionary drainage system that allows water to pass through to the soil below, eliminating muddy conditions and keeping your dog clean (and your carpet and furniture) as they play or use the bathroom.
5. Brush High Traffic Areas
Artificial grass can be trampled down with repeated use and cross brushing will help it stand up strong and straight and prevent fading or wearing down from overuse. Brushing also maintains the integrity of the individual blades of artificial grass. The matting that occurs from overuse can cause the blades to begin to break down and look different over time. Cross brushing, however, can reduce this damage and prolong the life and beauty of your artificial lawn.
6. Contact a Certified Artificial Turf Specialist
Perhaps the most important thing you can do for your artificial grass is to stay in contact with a certified artificial turf maintenance specialist like Turfix. If you have a question, concern, stubborn stain, or anything else, professional help just a phone call away with Turfix.
Turfix offers premium service and maintenance programs provided by trained and certified professionals with dependable and dedicated maintenance equipment that often exceeds factory specifications and standards.
Contact Turfix today if you have any questions about artificial grass lawn maintenance and installation—we’d love to hear from you!