Those considering synthetic grass for their home lawn sometimes pause because they aren’t sure what is involved in maintaining it. The installation has an upfront cost, so people don’t want to jeopardize their investment with a lack of knowledge regarding upkeep.
Synthetic grass maintenance isn’t a complicated subject, but there are some things to be aware of before installation. Understanding your product and its maintenance requirements goes a long way to developing routine maintenance habit.
Synthetic Grass Products Are Different
There are lots of synthetic grass products on the market, and each has specific ways to maintain them. Their maintenance largely depends on the materials used in manufacturing. You should always ask about products specifically for your synthetic grass.
Different Infills Will Require Different Maintenance
Some infills will need to be replaced more often. A natural infill, made up of leaves and wood debris, will need be replenished yearly because it breaks down quickly. A silica infill may not need replenishing as often but may need loosening on a regular basis.
Drainage May Require Maintenance
Your artificial turf installers will create drainage. Occasionally, the system may need updating, clearing or some other maintenance to keep it working effectively. This is particularly true if there is erosion or rock movement that could block parts of the system.
Many people think there is no synthetic grass maintenance involved after an artificial turf installation. That isn’t true. Although artificial grass products are incredibly low maintenance, there will be some things you will need to do to extend your lawn’s life.
Washing Pet Stains
You will need to clean up after your pet when they go to the bathroom outside. You can easily wash out urine spots with a power hose. With fecal matter, you will need to remove the feces before washing it down. Serious stains may require a special product designed for synthetic grass. You will need to ask your salesperson about purchasing the product before you have synthetic grass installed.
Sweep Your Yard
This will help remove any dust or pollen falling into your yard from the blades and separates the blades, improving the looks of your yard.
Brush Your Lawn
Brushing your yard occasionally will penetrate deeper into the artificial turf than a broom. The purpose of brushing your turf is to revive it. Heavy foot traffic will flatten your synthetic grass over time and brushing helps it stand upright again.
Rake Your Lawn
Artificial turf will not stop leaves from fall or debris from ending up in your yard. It will need some regular raking during heavy falling seasons. However, the best is to get a rake designed for synthetic grass maintenance because a typical yard rake could puncture the mesh or damage your turf if you press too hard or go too deep. All it takes is a glide over the lawn and you’re done!
Even with these small tasks, synthetic grass maintenance will take less time and money over the course of a decade than natural grass. That frees up more time for fun things for you and your family!