In the U.S., lawns suck up 30- 40 million acres of land and a disproportionate amount of pesticides, fertilizers, and fresh water. A low-maintenance artificial turf surface is a great alternative to grass. However, low-maintenance doesn’t mean NO maintenance.
Sure, there’s no watering, fertilizing, mowing or pesticides needed. Pay regular attention to maintenance to keep your grass tiptop for years to come. Dust, pet waste and foot traffic can take their toll of your fake lawn.
There are some easy care steps to take to ensure your lawn looks its best. Read on to learn the top artificial grass maintenance tips.
Artificial Grass Maintenance Begins With a Good Start
Maintaining a perfect green lawn has never been so easy. To get the very best results, you have to start with the right product for your use. Like live grass, there are different types for different applications. Materials, construction, and base have a wide variance.
Artificial turf has come a long way from the nylon carpets of yesteryear. Most artificial turf is made from polyamide, polypropylene, and polyethylene. Different blends of these materials result in fade-resistant, tough turf.
Blade height and blade profile are different for different applications. Long blade lengths look great for low traffic areas but can get crushed under repeated steps.
Leveling, compaction, and drainage are the key to a good base. Most installations use a combination of sand, gravel and sometimes synthetic base material. The best base offers cushioning and resilience for each step on the surface.
A long-lasting fake lawn depends on a good installation to make maintenance easy.
Low Maintenance Lawn Care
Artificial grass maintenance for the longest life begins with keeping your turf clean. A well-constructed base drains quickly and is dry to the touch within minutes. Brush, blow or rake away debris like leaves and litter.
Use plastic implements to avoid tearing your turf membrane. Metal can tear the membrane or break the blades. Holes can lead to weeds or a shorter lifespan for the turf.
Brush your turf to fluff the fibers every week. A quick jet of water once every other week will remove dust and keep your lawn looking fresh. Apply weedkiller twice a year to prevent any seeds from sprouting.
Stains and Smell Prevention
If you allow your pet to soil the turf, remove waste immediately. Artificial turf spray for pet urine or vinegar and baking soda treatment with lots of water will remove odors. Soak up any staining spills (red wine is particularly awful) quickly with paper towels or cat litter.
You can treat the stained fibers with a bit of dishwashing liquid and water. Use a small brush to scrub in and a clean cloth to blot up the stain. Rinse the area thoroughly to remove soap residue.
Enjoy Your Lawn For Years
Artificial grass maintenance of a few hours a month will keep your turf in good condition for its entire lifespan. It couldn’t be easier! A quick rake and a rinse are all it needs to look like new.
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