Artificial grass has continued to increase in popularity over the past few years. It is a great product for a variety of applications including those who need a low maintenance lawn solution. Whilst Artificial grass can be cheaper and less time consuming to maintain than a traditional turf lawn it isn’t totally maintenance free. There are still some general maintenance tasks that can go a long way to ensuring you get years of use from your artificial grass investment.
The below care and maintenance tips cover the most common care and maintenance requirements for artificial grass. We have broken the tips down into the following categories:
- The days after your artificial grass has been installed
- Ongoing maintenance
- Preventing and cleaning stains
- Cleaning up after pets
- How to handle high heat
- How to care for high traffic areas
The days after your artificial grass has been installed
During the days following the installation of your artificial grass lawn you may notice some excess sand appearing on the surface. This is totally normal as the infill sand beds down under the surface. A light sweep of any excess sand on the surface of your new artificial grass lawn is recommended for the first few days to assist with excess sand making its way into the underneath infill.
The good news is that artificial grass requires minimal ongoing maintenance. No mowing, weeding or fertilising! You may find over time that light debris lands on the surface (such as leaves) which can degrade the appearance of your lawn. A light once-over with a plastic rake is the best way to remove surface debris, alternatively a leaf blowing does a fantastic job in probably half the time.
Rain will also assist with removing any dust which may land during periods of heavy wind.
Common household fabric softeners can be used to assist with static build up and help to maintain the appearance of the artificial grass.
It is recommended that any organic matter which has fallen onto the surface of the artificial grass is removed regularly. Whilst weeds won’t grow in your artificial grass, organic matter can play hosts to weeds if left unattended.
Preventing and cleaning stains
Artificial grass is in itself highly resistant to staining. Should you suffer any liquid spills it is recommended that these are cleaned up with a sponge, mop or cloth. The sooner the stain is removed the less chance it has to cause any damage. Most liquid spills can be removed by hose water or if something stronger is needed you can use a warm and very mild solution of household cleaning detergent. A dilution of detergent can assist with tea/coffee, soda, alcohol and sauce stains just to name a few.
For heavier stains, such as grease, personal sunscreen and motor oils, use mineral spirits to assist with removal.
Cleaning up after pets
If you have pets you would be pleased to know that artificial grass is very pet friendly. Should you have a dog, cat or other pet that has urination on the grass, simply hose it off with running water. Should there be a stench remaining, a dilution of household detergent can assist.
If you pet has done a “number 2” it is recommended that it is picked up and removed promptly to prevent any marks being left on the artificial grass.
How to handle high heat
One of the downsides of artificial grass is that it can be very hot to touch during periods of high heat. People sometimes get worried that extreme heat can degrade the quality of their artificial grass but there is nothing to worry about. Should you desire, you can give the artificial grass a light spray of water to cool it down during hot temperatures but this isn’t required for any reason other than making it safer to walk on without shoes.
High traffic areas
Artificial grass can handle high traffic areas very well. It is highly resistant to impact and will maintain its appearance for years to come even after heavy use. If you notice any areas slightly indenting from high traffic, it is recommended to periodically add some additional infill sand to those areas. The sand can be worked into the infill with a stiff brush. Repeat the process until the surface returns to being the same as other lower utilised areas.
This post was contributed by Classic Backyards, an artificial grass design and installation company based in Sydney, Australia.