How Do You Take Care Of Artificial Grass?
Artificial grass is fantastic for all kinds of homes and commercial applications. Families, households with pets, and offices can enjoy a wealth of benefits for their investment. The biggest of which is its low maintenance nature.
When it comes to taking care of artificial grass, it really is very simple. But to help you make the most of it, we’ve put together a list of helpful ticks and tricks that’ll keep your fresh new lawn looking lush throughout the year.
Keep It Clean
It doesn’t take much effort to clean artificial grass. But there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind. The Great British weather (i.e. rain!) will do a fantastic job of getting rid of a lot of dirt. But if your garden is surrounded by trees or bushes, you may find that debris accumulates, like leaves and branches. It is wise to remove these as often as you can, either by hand or with the help of a leaf blower.
Carrying out this essential maintenance will prevent organic matter from building up which may impact drainage or encourage the growth of surface weeds.
Brush Once A Month
Depending on how much use your lawn gets throughout the year, it’s advisable to brush your lawn regularly. While natural grass has a tendency to ‘spring back,’ this isn’t the case with artificial grass, so it does need a bit of help.
This quick job is best carried out with a stiff, natural-bristle brush. And we recommend brushing the pile in different directions to create a finish that looks just like the real thing! In the summer months, or if your garden is regularly used, schedule in a quick brush every couple of weeks. This will prevent the pile from becoming trampled or matted over time, while keeping it looking as real as possible.
Wash Off Stains Quickly
Just like a carpet, any spills or stains on your artificial lawn should be cleaned up as soon as possible. Usually, this will only require a splash of warm water and washing up liquid – even your garden hose will do a pretty decent job.
More stubborn marks may take a little more work. And if you find that soapy water doesn’t do the job, then there are specialist artificial grass cleaning products on the market that will effectively clean stains without causing any lasting damage. That being said, it’s best to steer clear of placing anything on your artificial grass that may cause long-lasting stains to avoid the stress of cleaning it up in the future!
Pick Up After Pets
A fabulous benefit of artificial grass is that pet urine won’t kill it or cause it to become bald and patchy. When it comes to pet wee, a wash with warm, soapy water should neutralise smells and the permeable nature of artificial grass means the residue will wash away. Should your pet choose to urinate in the same place over and over again, it’s advisable to stay on top of cleaning, as if you don’t it can begin to smell quite strongly. If this does happen, you can buy more intensive artificial grass cleaners for this purpose alone.
As with stains, it’s best to pick up faeces as soon as possible. This will keep your lawn fresh and pleasant to use.
Artificial grass is made to be incredibly durable – but that doesn’t mean it is indestructible. Keep a close eye on pets and children, as it goes without saying that artificial grass doesn’t regenerate like natural turf, so once it’s damaged, you’re stuck with it.
Similarly, keep sharp objects, chewing gum, adhesives, hard chemicals and heat sources well away from artificial grass to keep it looking pristine.
Watch Out For Weeds
While the weed resistant backing of your artificial turf will prevent any hardy weeds from becoming established, you may notice surface weeds. These are easily removed by hand as they won’t take root unlike those in a natural lawn.
You shouldn’t need to treat your artificial grass with any sort of weed killer (and definitely no fertiliser). And if you’d like to reduce the likelihood of surface weeds, trim back any hedges and trees that may overhang your lawn regularly.
Contact Us For A Quote Today
If you are considering refreshing your home or commercial property with artificial lawn, we can help you find a reliable installer for the best price. Even better with Artificial Grass Group you can get 3 supply and installation quotes from approved installers near you in as little as 5 minutes.