In the long term, Preferred Turf’s synthetic grass is far easier to care for than natural grass.
You don’t have to drag a heavy bag full of stinky fertiliser around, and there is no need to use dangerous chemicals. But the best part is not having to spend an hour of your working day mowing your stubborn lawns or hiring a gardener who charges exorbitant fees.
Despite this, there is still some work that’s required to maintain your synthetic grass. So, here are five tips for keeping your artificial grass clean and safe.
1. Avoid Corrosive Chemicals Near the Lawn
Most corrosive chemicals, including harsh cleaners, need to be kept away from your lawn as they will, over time, cause irreversible damage.
Organic materials, such as dead bugs, food from bird feeders, leaves and animal droppings, can break down and release corrosive chemicals, so move all organic materials away from your artificial grass.
2. Have the Right Tools
Owning the right equipment doesn’t only make life easier, it keeps your synthetic grass looking clean and healthy year-round. Go-to items include:
- A rake
- A leaf blower
- A hose
3. Wash Away Unwanted Debris
If you live in a dry region that simply doesn’t receive enough rainfall, rinsing the grass with a hose can remove unwanted organic matter which has dried up and hardened. This includes leaves and pollen.
We recommend using water as it is the safest option. Generic chemicals have a good chance of damaging the lawn, so best practice is to avoid them.
Allow your grass to air dry and let staff/customers know that the area could be slippery. It may even be wise to put up a “caution when wet” sign.
4. Stain Removal
Spills are easiest to remove when in liquid form and be washed away. Once again, hosing down the affected area is the best option as chemicals can potentially cause irreversible damage.
The good news is the synthetic fibres used to create artificial lawn are extremely resistant to staining. If the stain remains you can use a mild, natural soap with warm water or 50/50 mix of vinegar and warm water.
5. Raking Fibres
Raking the lawn will redistribute the blades so your grass continues to look good as new.
Consistent raking will also help the lawn to wear evenly. This is a good time to search for unscrupulous weeds around the borders.
Using a weed killer is fine – you can do it year-round to ensure that no weeds grow near the edges of your turf.