One of the great benefits of having an artificial lawn is the low amount of work involved in maintaining it. Caring for your lawn will keep your garden looking good throughout the year. The key to garden maintenance is to do it little and often, rather than facing a larger job at the end of the year.
Brushing your lawn
It will take around 6-8 weeks for your artificial lawn to reach its optimum condition. In this period, you should lightly brush the lawn on a regular basis. This is because the sand used as infill will slowly bed into the structure of the turf. This is an important step, so try and avoid heavy brushing.
Throughout the rest of the lawn’s lifetime, the most important maintenance you’ll do is brushing your lawn. Brushing should be done once a month; it’s recommended to use a medium soft bristle brush in a number of directions to keep the turf upright. It’s an easy and simple job but you will really notice the benefits to your artificial lawn.
Removing debris and vegetation
All debris should be taken off the artificial lawn, either by hand or through brushing. Even then, there will be an absolute minimum amount of growth of unwanted plants and pesky weeds, and moss may creep up. Therefore, it’s important to prevent organic vegetation, such as fallen leaves, building up in the turf as it can lead to plants growing through the turf structure. Letting it accumulate can also affect drainage.
If you come across stains or marks these can easily be removed simply by using some hot tap water and a household detergent.
Animal mess should be removed straightaway, manually, and the area washed down with hot tap water and washing-up liquid. Most artificial lawns use filtration systems, so when you pet dog urinates on your new artificial lawn, don’t worry; it won’t leave a yellow stain on your lawn.
Dealing with the winter
Snow and ice are always a big concern for people with artificial turf who live in areas which have cold winters such as Europe, Canada et al. A good way to prevent it from icing over is to put an even spread of vacuum-dried salt on the turf.
Snow is a slightly more complex matter to deal with if you happen to get large amounts of it. The best way to tackle it is to shovel the snow off as it’s falling or has just very recently fallen. If this isn’t an option and it has frozen, pour lukewarm to warm water over it but not excessively. More help on this can be found from various articles online from a number of sources.
What not to do…
The following should not be allowed on your artificial lawn:
- No broken glass or sharp objects – not only could it cause injury to others, it could also damage the grass.
- No sources of heat, such as bonfires, cigarettes or fireworks. This is because the artificial turf is plastic, so it could melt under great heat, which will permanently damage your lawn.
- No heavy vehicles such as cars, motorbikes or other heavy vehicles. However, bicycles, wheelbarrows and wheelchairs are all fine to use on artificial lawns.
- No chewing gum and adhesives as they can be very difficult to remove from artificial lawns.
This is all pretty standard advice and therefore should be applicable to almost all types of artificial turf.
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This blog was written by Alex Cordwell on behalf of TigerTurf, the artificial lawn specialists.read more