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There are so many benefits to choosing synthetic grass (also called artificial turf) for your lawn over real grass, the main being they are so much less upkeep and maintenance. However, synthetic lawns are still vulnerable to factors that come with the elements, seasons, and environment, so a level of weekly care is necessary to keep it looking its best and to maintain synthetic grass long-term. The level of care and how often it is required differs for each lawn. If you have pets, children, lots of trees, or live in a dry, dusty area, more frequent maintenance is likely required. Here are some helpful tips on how to maintain synthetic grass for years to come.
1. Hose it down or leave it exposed to rain.
Synthetic lawns should be rinsed with water weekly to keep them clean and avoid dust pile-ups. If it’s the right season, rain works just as well. If not, simply use your outdoor hose to rinse it down, just make sure to avoid using hot water on your synthetic grass, as it can cause damage over time.
2. Rake it with a non-metal rake.
Artificial lawns are just as susceptible to leaves and other debris being blown in from surrounding plant life. These items can easily be raked away, however avoid using rakes with metal bristles, because these are harsher and can damage the fibers of the grass. Instead, consider using a bamboo leaf rake, or better yet, a rake with nylon tines that is specifically designed for synthetic grass. Sometimes, for lighter amounts, even a broom works. Just like with natural grass, it’s best to keep up with clearing leaves, to save extra work for yourself later on.
3. Clean up spills as they happen.
Yards are meant to be used, so liquids are bound to be spilled every once in a while. It’s always best to clean them up right away, because unlike natural grass, synthetic grass is more susceptible to stains. The good news is the resistant material of the grass lends to quick and easy cleaning. In these cases, hot water is okay to use combined with soap to clean. For tougher stains, like oil, use mineral spirited cleaning solutions. Avoid using cleaning liquids with harsh chemicals to prevent possible damage they could cause, but if you must, dilute them heavily with water.
4. In high traffic areas, brush it.
Again, because lawns are intended for use, there is a high possibility your synthetic lawn could be matted down as a result of being stepped on frequently. Nobody wants a flat looking lawn, but the solution is easy and even better, you probably already own the materials needed to fluff it back up. Grab your non-metal rake and get brushing! A push broom works just as well. It’s important to note that if your synthetic lawn was just laid, you should wait 8-12 weeks before brushing it, so the underlying sand/structure has a chance to settle.
5. Clean up after your pets.
Until we somehow train our house creatures to do their business indoors, our lawns are their big old green bathroom. Synthetic grass fortunately is not killed by pet waste, but it’s still vital to clean up after them frequently to keep the lawn in best shape. This is also another reason to rinse weekly. Getting a deodorizer may be a good idea as well, to keep the smell fresh. Consider getting artificial turf that is specifically made for pet owners.
6. Avoid using furniture with sharp legs on top of it.
There are many ways synthetic grass can be damaged, and a common one is people putting lawn furniture with sharp legs on top of it. The sharpness can tear and cut the turf, especially if they are being moved around a lot. If you want furniture in your lawn, make sure to get legs with blunter bottoms, and try to keep them in one place in order to maintain synthetic grass.
7. Trim surrounding plant life.
Many synthetic lawns have surrounding trees, shrubbery, or various gardens. Some are even landscape designed to incorporate natural plants within the boundaries of the synthetic grass. Regardless of the situation, it’s a good idea to keep on top of trimming these natural plants to avoid them getting caught in the synthetic grass, causing more raking for you later on.