When you get artificial turf for your yard, you won’t do as much maintenance as you would with a natural lawn. After all, there isn’t much to do in terms of mowing, trimming, or soil management. Fertilization is not a problem, and neither is irrigation or ventilation. This is especially valuable in regions where water grows scarce during the warmer months.
This type of grass is low maintenance, but that doesn’t mean you get to do absolutely nothing for its upkeep. A well-maintained lawn will last around ten years, but that might get longer or shorter depending on how often it gets used. If you have an active lifestyle, read on to learn how to keep your lawn looking like it did on the day it was installed.
- Have a regular maintenance schedule
People who have pets and those who use their yard as a practice ground for sports should clean their lawns weekly. You should have time for clearing leaves, small stones, chewing gum, and other debris kicked around during the week. Hosing down areas that your pets love to play in is also ideal so that bacteria do not accumulate in those spots.
Aside from weekly cleaning, you should also have monthly ones that target rusting. Groom your turf by using a hard brush and working through the blades of grass. Make sure this is not a steel brush, as that can cut and damage plastic easily. Artificial turf, because it is made of blended plastics, attracts dust particles easily. Brushing the grass will help spread the granules to the floor, which increases the longevity of your turf and keeps it soft.
Refrain from using acidic cleaning agents on your lawn as well; these are exceedingly harsh on plastics and will cause your synthetic turf to break down prematurely. If you must remove hard and fast stains on your turf, you can spot clean using warm soapy water or a solution of equal parts water and vinegar. If you have eco-friendly cleaning products, you can opt to use those.
- Mind the granule on your lawn
When you are conscientious in cleaning your grass, that might result in the removal of granules. While it is generally a good idea to keep your lawn free from debris, granules actually help protect your artificial turf. Once in a while, check if you need to refill your yard with SBR Granule or the grit that keeps it in place.
- Plan for colder weather
Since plastic is a hardy material, it is unlikely to break down when exposed to snow. However, you should still take care of your lawn and protect it through the cold or wet seasons. A light layer of snow can be allowed to melt and naturally drain away. If you have several inches of snowfall, though, you will need to use shovels to remove the buildup.
Leave an inch or half-inch of snow on top of the turf. You must sweep this away with a plastic brush or broom, so you do not damage the blades of grass. When shoveling, it is best to use a metal shovel as well.
Caring for your turf is a year-long affair. Though it is more durable and low-maintenance compared to a traditional lawn, you should still take steps to help it stay as long as it should.
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