Artificial grass maintenance
One of the main advantages of artificial grass is that it’s low maintenance.
You don’t have to worry about mowing or strimming, and there’s no need for regular watering, weeding, or seeding. But that doesn’t mean you can neglect it entirely. To ensure your fake turf stays in the best possible condition, for as long as possible, some upkeep will be required.
Here are a few tips to set you on the right track.
How to care for your artificial grass
1. Invest in artificial grass underlay
Good artificial grass maintenance starts during the installation.
It’s important to add a high-quality artificial grass underlay – such as Soft Turf Artificial Grass Shock Pad.
This extra layer will enhance the look and feel of your fake lawn, preventing any lines or streaks and improving underfoot comfort – better replicating the feel of real grass. It also acts as an effective shock absorber, encouraging the artificial fibres to ‘bounce back’ following impact and significantly prolonging its lifespan.
2. Keep it free from weeds and debris
The easiest way to prevent weeds in your artificial grass is using a weed membrane. Again, this should be laid during the installation process and removes the need for any pesticides. If the odd weed does manage to pop up, simply pick it out by hand.
A build-up of organic debris, such as leaves and twigs, can also encourage weed growth – and affect drainage. So it’s a good idea to remove these as soon as possible, either by hand or using a soft bristle broom. And to limit the number of falling leaves, be sure to trim hedges and trees regularly.
3. Clean the artificial grass blades
Essentially, fake grass is made from a type of plastic – so it’s worth giving it a good clean every now and again. To keep the blades looking vibrant, we recommended hosing it down once a week and letting it dry naturally.
Any accidental spillages should be dealt with immediately (just like you would with your carpet!). Simply soak up the liquid with a clean towel or cloth. And to remove any stains, mix a small amount of washing up liquid with warm water and apply it gently to the blades with a brush or sponge.
Artificial grass and artificial grass underlay both facilitate drainage and can successfully handle your pet’s nature calls. As long as the lawn is cleaned regularly, you shouldn’t notice any unpleasant smells. But if you do, use a diluted solution of Jeyes Fluid to remove the odour and rinse thoroughly.
4. Lift the pile
Artificial grass can sometimes flatten, particularly during the summer months when you’re using the garden a lot. But this can be easily rectified.
To re-lift the pile, simply brush (against the grain) using a stiff broom or rake, about once a month. This won’t take long. But it will successfully return the blades to an upright position and ensure it looks as plush and natural as possible.
It’s also worth moving heavy furniture every so often and re-lifting the pile underneath.
5. Avoid unnecessary damage
In many ways, artificial grass is very similar to carpet – and it can fall victim to the same types of damage.
For example, furniture with sharp edges or corners can very easily puncture or rip the lawn. So be sure to move these very carefully and perhaps add felt castors to the base of any legs.
What’s more – although fire retardant – the blades of artificial grass can melt under high heat and fuse together. So if you wish to use a BBQ or fire pit, always keep it on a paved or decked area.
Need further advice on artificial grass maintenance?
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If you need further information on how to care for artificial grass effectively, or would like advice on the best artificial grass for your requirements, we’re always happy to help. Simply give us a call on 0203 887 0994 or send an email to email@example.com and we’ll get back to you.
- Carl Smith