One significant advantage of artificial grass over natural grass is that there’s no required lawn maintenance. Artificial grass will stay even in height and keep its color without the need for mowing, weeding, fertilizing, daily watering, and all of the other chores associated with real grass. Because of this, San Dimas residents have been installing synthetic turf lawns in record numbers. However, once installed, one inquiry we receive often is how to care for a synthetic grass lawn properly. Here are some basic care and maintenance tips for your home’s artificial grass.
It’s recommended that you pick up or use a leaf blower to clear larger pieces of debris such as leaves, branches, and other objects that may land in your yard. These items may become matted into your artificial grass if left there over time. Removing debris from your lawn will help the artificial grass maintain a clean, groomed look and lower the amount of brushing you’ll need to do to preserve its lifespan.
Areas with high foot traffic may become matted over time depending on the durability and pile height of the artificial grass product you choose. Brushing your synthetic turf every month or so when you notice matting can help restore your lawn’s pristine appearance. Brushing against the grain of the artificial grass, or cross brushing, will fluff up the fibers and maintain the upright position of each blade. Always use a brush with synthetic bristles, as brushes with metal or wire bristles can damage your synthetic turf fibers. Extend your lawn’s life and cut down on future maintenance by brushing your artificial grass as needed in accordance with foot traffic levels.
It’s necessary for your artificial grass to be rinsed down every so often to clean it of dust and debris. Rain is a cheap and effective synthetic turf cleaner if you live in an area that receives a significant amount of rainfall. However, if you live in an area where it doesn’t rain much – such as San Dimas – a quick hose down will work just as well to clear away dust. This should be done as often as possible, ideally once per week, but does not need to be as extensive as watering a natural grass lawn. A quick once-over with the garden hose will be sufficient to clear your artificial grass of dust and other particles for the week.
In addition to regular maintenance, spot cleaning can sometimes be necessary if you spill or otherwise damage your synthetic turf. In case of spills or accidents, try to clean the area as quickly as you can to avoid it leaving a stain. Blot any liquids that have spilled and scoop up any solids. Rinse the affected areas with a mix of water and mild household detergent to clean the area adequately. If you have a more stubborn stain that withstands the soap, use a 3% solution of ammonia mixed with water. Finish by thoroughly rinsing the turf with clean water. For sticky substances such as tree sap or gum, freeze the area using dry ice or aerosol refrigerants. This makes them easy to scrape off of the artificial grass without damaging the turf.
All investments need care to maintenance in order to preserve their value. Artificial grass generally lasts about 20-25 years depending on use, but this can be extended further with diligent care and maintenance. Although your artificial grass will always remain evenly green, regular rinsing and brushing will keep your synthetic blades fluffy and upright, increasing its aesthetic value. To learn more about artificial grass products and how they would work for your San Dimas home, give us a call at (888) 862-8470. We’d be happy to help you in any way we can and provide a free estimate at your convenience.