6 Nov 2012
Artificial grass maintenance
Artificial grass maintenance is not something people think of, when initially looking for an installation.
Artificial grass is very low maintenance and that’s one of the main reasons our customers have it installed. Maintaining a traditional lawn is very time consuming but the physical side can also get too much for older customers.
Artificial lawns need a small amount of maintenance, if you want to keeping it looking as good as it was when installed. Below we’ve pulled together a small guide for keeping your artificial lawn in great condition.
The minimum you should be doing to your artificial lawn is giving it a brush. This will ensure that the pile/fibres remain standing upright. You don’t even need a special brush for this as a soft bristle brush will do fine. If you find you’re using your artificial lawn more in the summer months, it is well worth brushing to keep it in tip top condition.
Autumn to winter months
During the Autumn months you get leaves from the trees falling onto your artificial. Its very important to make sure these leaves are cleared from the surface. Failing to do this can result in moss and weed growth on top of the lawn surface. Leaves left rotting create the ideal conditions for moss to grow. This will also effect the drainage of your artificial lawn so its imperative these are removed.
Cats & Dogs
We’re finding that our fake grass is becoming more popular among dog owners, for use in Kennels and runs. If you’re a pet owner you need to be more vigilant with your artificial grass. Any mess should be removed and if wet mess is left behind, wash the area down with hot water. This should remove any residue left on the surface. For more stubborn stains a mild household detergent can used to ensure the area is safe and clean.
Protecting your artificial grass
The best way to think of your artificial turf, is like a carpet in your garden. If you plan on carrying out any work in the garden that could damage your lawn, i.e. painting or staining decking and fences, always put down a good quality sheet of some description to prevent you spilling anything on the surface that may be difficult to remove.
This may sound like common sense but there are certain things that you should never do on or near your artificial lawn. Anything that involves a naked flame, such as smoking & lighting fireworks. It is also important to be careful with sharp objects such as gardening tools or garden furniture with sharp or rough edges as that could damage your lawn.
Its usually a case of common sense to protect your lawn, and if you can do this and follow a few simple rules there is no reason why your lawn shouldn’t look as good as the day it was installed years later. Of course all this will be explained to you by your local Wonderlawn installation team, but if you have any questions on the subject just drop us an e-mail or give us a call on 0333 700 6000, we’re always happy to help.