Artificial grass is a convenient, low-maintenance option for homeowners seeking a yard where they can relax rather than work to keep it up. However, even synthetic grass will wear out sooner if you don’t do the minimal upkeep.
Many artificial turf products come with a 10-year warranty and are expected to last well beyond that. Its lifespan can decrease with a lot of high foot traffic, pet use and a lack of weed control. Keeping up with these things takes only minutes a day, so it is worth the investment to get the most life out of your artificial grass.
Here are five easy ways to extend the life of your artificial turf.
1. Clean up after pets.
Pets love artificial turf. They can’t tell the difference in it and natural grass. They will go to the bathroom on it regularly, so you will need to clean up after them.
When your pet urinates, simply spray the area down with water. It is important to clean up fecal matter immediately after your pet deposits it. Pick it up with a poop bag to throw away and then spray the area down. You may need to use a soap for synthetic grass and a soft broom to clean up any residue in the area.
If you are considering artificial turf for your pets, then make sure to check out these tips for choosing the best pet turf.
2. Fluff your grass.
This is a simple thing to do. Simply get a soft bristles broom or a leaf rake with flexible tines and brush over your lawn. Don’t use a garden rake or one with steel tines as it will damage your artificial grass.
Fluffing your grass lifts the synthetic turf blades up. The blades tend to lie flat after enduring heavy foot traffic for a long period of time. Moving them around by brushing them refreshes them, helps them look their best and extends their life.
3. Remove yard debris.
Any yard will collect yard debris over the course of a season. Leaves, twigs, branches, stray mulch or pine straw are all things that could damage your artificial lawn. Regularly remove them to keep your artificial grass from possible holes and tears.
4. Eliminate weeds.
One of the best features of synthetic grass is that it prevents weeds from popping up in your yard. Even so, weeds can start to group around the edge of the artificial turf. If they are allowed to remain can interfere with how the synthetic turf lays. It could even force your turf to separate from things like fences and driveways.
Pulling weeds as soon as they appear is a good option. You can also use some weed control products around the edge of your turf to prevent weeds from taking root. Since the number of weeds is reduced with artificial grass, you will not need much chemical pesticide to alleviate the problem.
5. Get rid of stains.
Synthetic grass is, for the most part, manufactured to be stain resistant. Even with strict manufacturing standards, artificial grass can, if leftover time without proper care, stain. It is highly durable, but things like food and wine spills, pet or bird feces, or a spilled chemical could leave a stain.
The best option is to clean up spills right away before they set in. Some cleaning products don’t work well with synthetic grass and could even damage it. Be sure to talk to your salesperson about cleaning products for your lawn.
Doing these simple tasks as they come up will go a long way to making sure your artificial grass stays green and lush for many years, allowing you and your family to enjoy it even longer.