Maintenance and Care of Artificial Turf
One of the great benefits of having an artificial lawn, is the low amount of work in maintaining it. Caring for your lawn will keep it looking great throughout the year. You’ll want to do a little maintenance often, rather than facing a larger job at the end of each year.
Brushing your Lawn
For the first 6-8 weeks after your artificial lawn has been installed, the sand used as infill will slowly bed in to the structure of the turf. During this time period you should brush the blades a couple of times.
Throughout the rest of your aritificial lawn’s life, the most important maintenance you’ll need to do is brushing your lawn. Brushing should be done once every month, in a number of directions to help keep turf pile upright. The fibres should feel lush, and bouncy.
We recommend you use a medium soft bristle brush for this job. It’s a simple and light job, but you will really notice the benefits to your lawn.
Removing Surface Debris and Vegetation
With an artificial lawn, there will be an absolute minimum amount of growth of unwanted plants. Though weeds and moss are pesky plants, and may creep up. You can use a moss and weed killer on your artificial lawn, however it must be a water-based weed killer. After the moss and weeds have died, you can just remove them, or sweep them off in the case of moss.
Surface debris such as fallen leaves should be removed to prevent the buildup of organic matter in the turf stucture, which can encourage weed growth, and damage the drainage of your lawn. This is easily done either with your brush, or a leaf blower.
Stains and marks
You can quickly remove most stains or marks on your lawn by using hot tap water if some washing-up liquid mixed in. For more tough oil marks, you can easily remove them using mineral spirits and a cloth.
Animal mess should be removed from your lawn, and you can wash the area down with water if needed.
What not to do……
Here are four things that are very bad for your artificial grass, and should never be allowed on your lawn.
- No broken glass or other sharp objects. Not only could they cause injury to you or others, but they can damage the surface of your grass too.
- No sources of great heat – smoking, bonfires, or fireworks. Your artificial grass is plastic, and the pile surface can melt, leaving permanent damage to your lawn. It is safest to use your barbecue on an area with patio stones, or gravel. No chewing gum, or adhesives.
- No cars, motorbikes, or other heavy vehicles. Although bicycles, wheelbarrows and wheelchairs are all absolutely fine to use on our artificial lawns.