Artificial grass is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to a real turf lawn for a number of reasons, but the number one reason that homeowners opt for this type of lawn is because it requires very little maintenance to keep it looking green all year round. Did you know that a premium-grade artificial lawn should last for 15-20 years or more providing some basic after-care is undertaken? If you have just purchased an artificial lawn, but are not sure what maintenance is required, then read on as we are about to share our top tips with you!
Before we outline the steps you should take to keep your lawn looking its best, we want to check that you have appointed a reputable company to carry out the installation work. Never be tempted to install an artificial lawn yourself as poor workmanship spells disaster. After carefully selecting a premium grade grass that offers maximum durability, the last thing you want to do is experience problems with water drainage and weeds, ultimately leading to a decreased lifespan, so always appoint a skilled professional.
OK, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get down to the nitty gritty!
Taking care of your artificial lawn
Whilst it is true that an artificial lawn is considered low maintenance given that it does not need to be regularly mowed and watered like its real lawn counterpart, it still requires some after-care to keep it looking its best.
Once a month, we recommend brushing your lawn with a stiff, natural-bristle brush. This simple step can inject a new lease of life into your lawn. Be sure to brush in all directions to make the grass blades bouncy as opposed to wind-swept.
Rainwater will help keep your lawn clean, but will not remove all stains. If a stain appears on your lawn, a quick clean with hot soapy water (using washing up liquid) should be sufficient. However, occasionally a stubborn stain may persist. In this case, we recommend cleaning your grass with a professional artificial grass cleaning product. Do not be tempted to use strong detergents such as bleach as damage is likely to occur.
Artificial grass is pet-friendly, but any toileting mess should be removed as soon as possible and the area then cleaned with hot soapy water.
Whilst weed and moss growth is unlikely to be a problem, leaves or seedlings may settle on your grass. Such debris should be removed as quickly as possible, as organic matter can interfere with water drainage and encourage weed growth. Regular brushing will certainly help keep unwanted debris at bay, but at times it may be necessary to undertake an additional brush or remove debris by hand. If you have a leaf blower, then that will come in very handy during the autumn months!
How to prevent damage
Artificial grass is extremely durable, especially premium graded, but that does not make it indestructible. You should take care to avoid damage being caused to your beautiful green lawn.
- Extremely heavy objects such as vehicles should not be parked on artificial grass. If you have garden furniture on your lawn, moving it every so often will give your grass an opportunity to recover.
- Cigarettes, bonfires and fireworks should not be lit on or near an artificial lawn.
- Barbecues should only be used on a solid surface such as a patio or gravelled area and care taken if near artificial grass.
- Damage caused by sharp objects such as glass and studded footwear will lead to problems with drainage and weed growth.
- Supervise pets that are prone to digging, as a hole in an artificial lawn cannot be repaired.
- Avoid using mirrors or other reflective objects in places where sunlight can be directly reflected onto artificial glass, as burning may occur.
So, there we go. Caring for an artificial lawn is light work in comparison to the ongoing maintenance a traditional lawn demands and that is what makes it a popular choice with homeowners.