20 Sep Tips to Maintain Your Artificial Grass Lawn
If you live in an area where the elements make it tough for you to grow and maintain a natural lawn, you may have considered laying artificial grass in order to have a lush, green lawn. Artificial turf has come a long way in recent years, and there are times when it can be tough to tell whether the grass you are seeing is real or not, without getting right up on the lawn itself. If you have yet to pull the trigger on artificial grass, it may be because you think it is difficult to maintain. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be, and you can have a great looking lawn by following a few simple tips:
Get the rake out – Artificial grass will deteriorate if left unattended, and it will do so in the areas that receive the most foot traffic. It’s a lot like natural grass in that regard, but you can help keep the lawn looking great by regularly raking your artificial grass. Doing so helps to redistribute the synthetic fibers, which in turn maintains an evenness that will help prevent certain spot deteriorating before others.
Clean up messes – Accidents can and will happen, with the most likely of those being a pet getting out onto the lawn and doing its business. If you spot any kind of mess, the key is to clean it up as quickly as possible. Rinsing the artificial grass down with water is the easiest way to do so, and you can even spot clean using water with a little bit of vinegar in there. That will clean the spot and kill the odor at the same time.
Steer clear of fire – Many modern artificial lawns are made of flame resistant material, but that doesn’t mean that the individual fibers will be totally protected. Dropping a cigarette or an ember from a barbecue on the lawn will cause those fibers to melt, and that will hurt the overall look of your yard. Keep barbecues, fire pits, cigarettes, and other potentially harmful items as far away from the lawn as possible.
Keep corrosive materials off the lawn – You are probably already aware that harsh chemicals should never be used when cleaning your artificial grass, but you may not be aware that there are other dangers outside of cleaning products. When organic materials such as old leaves, dead bugs, and bird droppings are left unattended, they will eventually turn into a corrosive substance that can destroy your lawn.
Frequent hosing – Those aforementioned corrosive organic materials are usually taken case of naturally when it rains, but the job is left up to you if Mother Nature refuses to co-operate. If you live in an area where there is not a lot of rain, or if you are going through and extended dry spell, get rid of those old leaves, and wash down your lawn by using the garden hose.