Caring for your Artificial Lawn
A sprawling green lawn can make your property the envy of the neighbourhood. Not only that, but it can actually help to improve your curb appeal and increase the value of your property.
But lawns can be a hassle because they require frequent watering, trimming and care to maintain a fresh, healthy look. If you’re not prepared to put in the time and effort it takes to maintain a lawn, but you still want that sprawling green effect, an artificial lawn is the next best bet.
Unlike real grass, artificial turf doesn’t require watering, mowing or fertilizing nor does it attract insects and critters. It is made from durable synthetic fibres that give the same look and feel of grass. This type of turf is popular in sporting facilities and football fields because of its durability and easiness to maintain. This type of lawn is also ideal for people who travel frequently and may need to leave their lawns unattended for some time. But that doesn’t mean you can install an artificial lawn and just forget about it.
Although artificial turf doesn’t require the same level of care as real grass, it still needs some form of maintenance. You will need to periodically clean and care for your artificial lawn to keep it looking its best and ensure that it lasts a long time.
Artificial lawn will need to be brushed at times, especially if it’s in an area that sees heavy foot traffic or where vehicles drive or park. The fibres can become flattened and compacted, resulting in a matted look. Brushing the lawn with a firm-bristled broom or a rake will help the fibres to stay upright and keep the lawn looking plush. Remember to brush the fibres in one direction for a uniform look.
An artificial lawn may also become flattened by heavy items, for example an inflatable swimming pool, lawn furniture or decorations. This, too, can be rectified by brushing with a broom.
If you have trees in your yard, you may need to clean your artificial lawn more regularly as leaves, seeds or other organic debris may be present. You should remove these regularly by sweeping or with a leaf blower to prevent the leaves from decaying on your lawn. This could cause discoloration and encourage the growth of moss and weeds.
It is important to keep fire and hot items like cigarettes away from your artificial lawn. Heat or coals from a barbecue pit or a discarded cigarette butt can cause melting or burn marks on your lawn that are difficult to repair.
It is possible for weeds to grow even though your lawn is artificial. These can be easily removed by hand or with a rake. Some people opt for a complete weed treatment to prevent the growth of weeds but this isn’t necessary unless you’re in an area that is particularly susceptible to weeds.
One major drawback to artificial lawns is that stains or other imperfections are tougher to get rid of than with real grass. Grass stained with ink, paint or other permanent marks will eventually grow out and can be cut, but with artificial lawn, the cleaning process can be difficult. So make sure to clean any spills immediately to prevent stains and discoloration from setting in. Mild stains can be easily cleaned with water or a household detergent.
Stubborn stains however will require a stronger solution like an ammonia mixture or mineral spirits. Do not use acids or strong chemicals on your artificial lawn as this may do irreversible damage to the fibres. Sticky substances like chewing gum can be hardened with ice and scraped off easily. However, in the worst case scenario, if the lawn is badly stained or damaged, the section can be cut out and replaced with a fresh piece.
Pet owners may be concerned about how to clean pet waste from their artificial lawn. The process is not much different from real grass. Artificial grass will drain most liquid, but for solid waste, it is recommended that it is allowed to dry before it is removed. Pet waste may cause an odour on your artificial lawn however. This can be easily remedied by washing down urine spots with plain water or with a mild detergent.
Artificial turf can last anywhere between 15 to 20 years, once properly maintained. It is recommended that artificial lawns be washed down and brushed at least once a month. This should prevent any build-up of dust and eliminate odours.
Overall, artificial turf is a great choice for people who don’t want the hassle of a real grass lawn. It may be pricier to install but it is worth it in the long run as it requires less care. Once you follow these simple tips for caring for your lawn, it should remain green and plush for a long time.
If you decide artificial turf is right for you, don’t hesitate to contact us here at TriniHelper for professional and affordable installation.
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