Artificial grass is becoming a very popular turf choice in Australia. After all, what can possibly be nicer than a soft and thick carpet of beautiful crisp green grass all year round?
More and more homeowners and especially commercial industries are starting to make the switch to artificial grass because this form of grass is the ultimate low maintenance, low water consumption, and flexible solution. You can install a soft sheet of realistic turf in any location and even indoors and you never have to deal with all the hassles of normal turf such as fertilisation, watering, infestations and more.
But even artificial grass requires proper care in order to maintain that vibrant green look and to extend your grass’s life expectancy for as long as possible.
Here are a few easy tips to keep your artificial grass in great shape all year round for many years to come.
Get the Right Equipment
You don’t need a lawnmower or weeding and trimming tools because your lawn will always be the perfect length. But you do need some tools to keep your artificial grass nice and clean. A leaf blower, rake, hose and a stiff brush should be more than enough to give your grass proper care.
Keep Your Grass Clean
Dirt, debris, leaves, and mud should be kept off your grass. These messes can look unsightly and can break down and get stuck in your artificial grass fibres. You can keep your grass clean by raking up anything that falls on the lawn or you can even vacuum your lawn to keep it nice and clean.
Tidy Up as Needed
It is important to do regular tidying up of your lawn, especially if children and pets are constantly playing on the turf. Clean up messes like spills or pet messes as soon as you can so your artificial grass will stay clean, healthy and hygienic.
Brush Your Lawn Frequently
The fibres of artificial grass can get tangled up, depending on the height of the artificial grass and the fibers can lie down if heavy objects like toys or garden furniture are pressing down on the carpet for a while. You should brush your lawn with a firm brush every now and then to keep the artificial grass blades nice and straight and standing tall. If your turf is especially large then you can focus on high traffic areas on the rug.
Rinse Your Lawn
Artificial grass is designed to withstand a lot of elements including water. You can wash your artificial grass whenever you need to get rid of dirt, pet messes or sticky spills. A mild detergent can also be used to get rid of stubborn messes and mineral spirits can be used to get rid of tough messes like greases or motor oil.
Get Rid of Odours
Bad odours can result from pet messes or excessive moisture during the rainy season. You can get rid of these odours by using an enzyme cleaner or a mixture of water and deodorant or freshener.
Treat Your Turf with Weedicides
Weedice treatments every now and then will keep weeds and plants from sprouting out and damaging your lawn. You should pay special attention to weeding during spring and summer time.
No Need for Shade
Artificial turf is tough enough to withstand a lot of heat. This means you don’t have to worry about your turf being exposed to direct sunlight all day long. The grass won’t fade and won’t become brittle no matter how long you expose it to sunlight.
Watch out For Pet Chewing
Teething pets like puppies can cause a lot of damage to your artificial lawn. Watch your pets and exclude your dog from the grass if your dog starts to nibble or chew your grass.
Artificial grass is incredibly easy to keep in great looking condition. You don’t need to spend a lot of time on your grass.
A little bit of cleaning and maintenance every now and then will ensure that your lawn stays in great shape at all times.