Artificial grass gives you an instant lawn that you never need to mow and has a uniform appearance that looks great regardless of the season. However, artificial grass does require some simple maintenance to keep it in tiptop condition and ensure you're able to enjoy it for many years. Here are a few tips for looking after your lawn:
A build-up of debris on your artificial grass can interfere with drainage and encourage the growth of moss. Remove fallen leaves and litter regularly, either by hand or sweep them up using a soft-bristled brush. Sweeping not only removes debris, but it also encourages the turf pile to remain bouncy. Sweep in several directions to remove even the smallest pieces of debris and keep your grass blades upright.
Know How To Tackle Stains
Artificial grass is durable, but certain products and foods can stain the blades. It's not difficult to remove these stains if you tackle them straight away, but after using a suitable stain-removing product you should rinse the grass with warm water to prevent a build-up of product residue. Water-based stains such as coffee, milk, alcohol and tomato sauce can be removed with soapy water and a soft cloth. A little washing up liquid is ideal for these stains. For chemical-based or oil-based stains such as suntan lotion, cooking oil and animal fat, use mineral spirits on a cloth. Mircrofibre cloths are ideal as they are both soft and absorbent.
Keep Weeds At Bay
While weeds aren't a major problem when you have artificial grass, they can penetrate through the membrane of the turf occasionally. You can prevent this by spraying your lawn with weed killer once or twice a year. This task takes only a few minutes, but it will save you a headache further down the line. Weed killers that contain sulphur, nitrogen or chlorine should be avoided as they can damage your grass. Instead, choose a water-based product and adhere to the manufacturer's usage instructions.
Things To Avoid
Artificial grass is ideal for relaxing on and entertaining friends, but there are a few things you should always avoid in order to protect the grass. Never set off fireworks on the grass or position your barbeque directly on the grass as naked flames and heat can scorch it. Heavy or sharp objects should also be kept off the grass as they can permanently flatten the blades and pierce through the membrane. Additionally, it's best to avoid chewing gum on artificial grass as if it sticks to the grass it can be difficult to remove and that section of grass may need to be replaced.
As you can see, it doesn't take much effort to keep your artificial grass in good condition. Work with a contractor from a business like Australian Lawn Wholesalers to learn about the different types of artificial grass available and how they should be maintained.
Salutations! My name is Donna, and this is my remodelling blog. On this blog, I plan to write about everything, from hiring remodelling contractors, to doing the work yourself, to choosing the finishing touches to complement your project. My writing draws from my experience remodelling my first home, and I also plan to include some of the research I have done on this topic as well. I am a mum for four kids who are all grown, and my first grandchild is on the way soon. I love to knit, quilt and spin. I also love to read design magazines and spend time in nature. Thanks for reading.