The main benefit of artificial grass is that it does not need to be maintained in the same way a natural lawn does. However, a little bit of maintenance once a month will ensure your new fake lawn looks brand new for long. It will also extend the lifespan of your artificial grass and make it safer for both children and pets. So, what tools do you need for artificial grass maintenance?
We recommend the following simple artificial grass maintenance tips:
Regularly remove leaves and debris
For this you will need to use a leaf blower, stiff brush or plastic rake. Dry leaves are easier to remove than wet ones, so doing this on a dry day will be effortless!
Trim natural trees and hedges
This will limit the amount of leaves that fall onto your artificial lawn in the first place!
Apply weed killer twice per year
Some weeds are airborne and can grow on the surface of your artificial lawn. By using weed killer twice a year on the whole area, weeds will be prevented from growing and any stray ones will be killed.
Clean up urine/mess from your pets
Artificial grass is a good solution if you own dogs, however this means you may need to maintain your new lawn a little more than others. Use a spray bottle to clean urine from your pets. To do this, sprinkle the area with baking soda, then spray a solution of water and vinegar as this will get rid of any odours.
Regularly brush the artificial grass
Using a stiff brush or a plastic rake, brush the grass in the opposite direction of the artificial fibres. This will keep the grass looking fresh and ‘springy’.
Some other artificial grass maintenance tips include:
- Don’t leave stains to settle – clean them up as soon as they happen and don’t let the stain be ‘rubbed in’ to the artificial grass
- Avoid using barbeques, grills or fire pits on or near your artificial grass, as embers could burn or melt the plastic material artificial grass is made out of
- Avoid using sharp objects on the grass – this includes stiletto shoes, studded boots or broken glass
- If you are using chainsaws or hedge trimmers for your natural hedges, don’t leave this equipment lying on the turf after use
- Don’t use motor vehicles on the artificial grass – however you can use wheelbarrows, bicycles and wheelchairs
- If you are finding a stain that is stubborn to remove, hot soapy water should be enough to keep it clean. DO NOT use strong detergents or bleach
- Avoid putting mirrors or reflective surfaces that could reflect sunlight anywhere near your lawn as this can cause burning or melting of the material, leaving areas unrepairable
- Watch out for damage caused by children and pets. Although dogs should be put off from digging grass, they could still cause issues, and their mess should be cleaned up as soon as possible. If your children are prone to picking grass, keep an eye on them while they’re enjoying your artificial lawn, as any artificial strands plucked out will not be able to grow back!
With the above steps, tips, proper care and maintenance, you can help extend the life of your synthetic lawn and keep it looking brand new for years to come. Performing our simple maintenance steps once a month will ensure you lawn remains clean and odour free, making it an inviting place to relax, play, sunbathe and hang out with friends and family.