Tips to keep your fake grass surface in top condition all year round
While artificial grass requires minimal maintenance, it’s certainly less of an expense and drain on time as looking after real grass, it does still require a degree of attention to continue looking its best.
The good news is that most maintenance is basic and easy, and much can be achieved through preventative measures.
If you’ve had top class artificial grass laid by experts, or you’ve installed it yourself to a high standard, then you can benefit from fake grass for many years with more time to enjoy it compared to the hours of mowing, weeding, watering and general tending often required of real grass.
These basic maintenance actions will ensure your fake surface continues to benefit you:#
An occasional sweep will ensure the blades are kept upright so avoiding surface flattening; use a stiff brush maybe in conjunction with a leaf blower or garden vacuum.
Lifting the pile in this way is particularly worthwhile when the artificial grass is new, establishing itself and settling.
Ensuring general debris such as leaves and twigs is removed is important to keep drainage efficient; if left to accumulate, debris could cover too many of the drainage holes incorporated in the layers of fake grass so impairing water removal.
A basic brush or leaf blower will keep debris under control.
Remove stains as soon as possible using a mild detergent and water mixture; ideally use detergent supplied by your artificial grass supplier – don’t use bleach or abrasives as these can damage the surface.
Remove pet waste
Keep on top of pet waste left on the surface; once removed clean the area with a detergent and water mixture as with ‘stains’ above.
There’s much you can do to protect your artificial surface through basic preventative measures:
- Hot ash and cinders – avoid circumstances where hot ash or cinders could come into contact with the surface; therefore, avoid siting barbecue units on the grass and don’t smoke on it.
- Chewing gum – don’t drop any on the surface as it can be very difficult to remove.
- Footwear – certain types of footwear should be avoided on domestic artificial grass surfaces such as stiletto heels and studded boots.
- Reflective surfaces – beware of mirrors, as sun reflections can burn the grass.
- Bleach and harsh cleaners – stick to mild detergents or those recommended and supplied by artificial grass installers.
- Heavy loads – avoid parking heavy machinery and vehicles on artificial grass for prolonged periods.
- Snow removal – it’s best to leave snow to melt and disperse naturally rather than clearing it away as this can cause damage to the blades.
- Boisterous use – while artificial grass can stand up to a degree of punishment, be careful of energetic use that might break the blades; this weakens the surface, and of course being made of plastic, they won’t regrow.
- Move garden furniture periodically – furniture left in the same position for months on end could indent the surface so move it occasionally; it doesn’t have to be too far – just avoid leaving items sitting in the same position for too long.
The low maintenance garden?
Along with artificial grass, there’s a trend for low maintenance gardens generally with fake plants, shrubs and even trees available instead of the real thing for a year-round low maintenance garden.