Although artificial grass requires little maintenance to keep it looking and feeling great, there are some tasks that you can carry out to help keep it in immaculate condition and prolong its life even further.
It may be that your lawn will require cleaning, or simply given some attention every now and again to avoid damage. Here are some tips for maintaining your artificial grass.
In the autumn particularly, leaves can build up quickly on your lawn. During these months, it is recommended to use a blower, stiff broom or plastic rake to remove leaves or other debris once a week. For the rest of the year once a month will suffice. Avoid using a metal rake as this can damage the synthetic grass fibres.
We advise to keep any bird feeders you may have in your garden away from your artificial grass. These will result in droppings building up on the lawn, and encourage rats and rodents to dig at the grass below to get at any food that’s dropped down.
If your dog has done its business on your artificial lawn it can be easily cleaned off. As the grass is porous, you can simply use a hose to wash the area without any risk of flooding it.
After heavy use, your artificial lawn may start to become flat. To help raise the grass fibres again, pour some sand infill on to the lawn and brush through using a plastic rake. For larger lawns, you may want to consider hiring a power brush to do the job.
In most cases, weeds won’t come through your artificial grass because of a membrane placed beneath the surface. However, it is possible that weed seeds in the air can land and germinate in the grass.
To remove any weeds, simply spray some weed killer on to them, making sure that you use a product that is suitable for use with synthetic grass.
For the rare times that snow may build up on your artificial grass, there is absolutely no harm in leaving the snow on the lawn. It will melt and drain through the surface, and probably give your grass a good clean! We recommend using a rake once the snow has cleared just to lift the fibres up again.
If you do want to clear the snow from your lawn, it’s recommended you use a plastic snow shovel to remove most of the snow first, then use a broom to brush away the rest. Don’t use salt or grit on your artificial lawn, as this could prevent water from draining properly or even cause discolouration of your grass.
Although artificial grass will not freeze and become brittle, it is possible that any water present on the fibres will freeze and cause the lawn to become slippery. So, always be cautious in cold weather.
If you miss that smell of freshly cut grass now that you have an artificial lawn, then there is a solution to your problem! Artificial grass cleaners are available with a chemical compound that provides a fresh grass smell when used on your lawn. Simply add it to the lawn and brush it in.
While these maintenance tips aren’t essential, it is recommended to follow these to help keep your artificial grass in its best possible condition. For any further tips or advice on how to maintain your lawn, please feel free to get in touch, and we’ll be happy to advise you.