How to Maintain Your Artificial Grass Surfacing
Artificial grass installation is becoming more and more popular and this is probably because of the low amount of work it requires to maintain. It is definitely worthwhile taking the time to care for your artificial grass lawn as this will ensure it stays looking pristine throughout the year.
The idea with artificial grass is that you should do a little maintenance, often rather than having to face a larger job at the end of each year, although there would still be less maintenance involved than having to deal with the maintenance of natural grass.
DCM Surfaces regularly see other companies advertising artificial turf as completely maintenance free however; this is most certainly not the case.
We are frequently asked for hints and tips on what you can do to maintain your artificial grass surface, because of this we have put together the following steps which you can follow:-
Brushing Your Artificial Lawn
Following installation of your artificial lawn, the sand which is used as infill will slowly begin to bed into the structure of the turf. For these initial 6-8 weeks you should get yourself a brush and lightly brush the artificial surface on a regular basis.
At this stage this is a very important task, it’s this light brushing which will help the artificial turf to reach its optimum condition, whatever you do though do not brush to heavily as this could cause the artificial grass not to “bed in” defeating the whole object of brushing in the first place.
Following this initial 6-8 week period of brushing you can then take to brushing your artificial grass once a month and this will be more than enough.
You should brush the artificial turf in a number of directions until the fibres of the grass feel lush and have a bouncy effect to it.
Removing Surface Debris and Vegetation
Sometimes there is a minimal amount of growth which occurs on the artificial grass surface; weeds and moss are not nice and can be annoying, you can however use a moss and weed killer on your artificial lawn providing this is water-based.
Once the weed killer has killed off any weeds or moss you can simply remove them gently by hand or gently brush them from the surface.Sometimes in Autumn time, there is a lot of leaves falling and sometimes these can fall onto the surface but it is vitally important that these are removed as these can cause staining on the grass if left to build up.
In addition to staining, leaves which are left on the surface can actually encourage weed growth and in turn damage the drainage of your lawn. If you have a leaf blower then this is an easy process; alternatively you can simply remove them with a brush.
Stains and Markings
As briefly mentioned above, leaves when left can cause staining to your artificial grass surface. Sometimes staining can occur on your artificial grass surface but in the majority of cases this can easily be removed by using hot tap water and washing up liquid mixed in.
Sometimes you can easily remove them however, for more tough stains you will require mineral spirits and a cloth. This should be sufficient enough to remove the stains and marks; although there are exceptions.
Marks which are caused by dragging heavy garden furniture across the lawn for instance cannot be removed, similarly marks which are caused by burning of the surface cannot be removed either.
When it comes to pets, artificial grass is just as great as having real lawn! Dog owners regularly tell us how much their dogs love their artificial grass in their gardens and what is more because it stays green all year round you can let them out without worrying about muddy paws coming back into your home!
Pet faeces can however cause staining to the surface if not removed; faeces can be easily removed and then it’s a great idea to wash the area down with water wherever necessary. In terms of their urine again warm water can be applied to the surface and this will be more than sufficient.
Artificial grass surfacing is porous anyway which means any urine from your pets will pass right through the surface, usually rain will wash any remaining away but at times when there is no rain it’s always a good idea to give the surface a rinse off every once in a while.
We have outlined hints and tips which can help you to care and maintain your artificial grass surface. By following these you can ensure that your artificial surface remains luscious green all year round and will last for years to come!