Gardening AdviceHow to Lay an Artificial Lawn – Explained!
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Having artificial grass definitely comes with a lot of perks, with low maintenance, making the top of the list. Enjoying a lush green grass all year round is a dream come true but taking good care of your synthetic turf is still necessary and more often than you think.
As durable as fake grass is, staining, high foot traffic and negligence could cause serious damage, so much that repairs or a new installation may be required.
Synthetic grass could last for more than 10 years, given favourable conditions and you are the one to provide them. Regular maintenance is the key that will secure your artificial grass carpet’s best look at all times and save you the heavy workload in the long run. All you need is commitment to a regular cleaning schedule and the desire to provide extra lawn care whenever needed.
Here are the important cleaning and maintenance steps to follow for having the best-looking artificial lawn in the neighbourhood:
Commit to weekly grooming sessions. This way you will keep up the grass’ good appearance with minimum efforts.
Brush the grass to remove leaves and debris. You can use a rake (preferably a plastic one) or a leaf blower.
Wash with the hose to give your artificial grass that constant fresh look. Living in a dust-rich area will leave its mark on your synthetic grass. In this case, you have to pay more attention to your lawn and wash away the dust build-ups more frequently.
Check for weeds regularly and don’t let them thrive.
Don’t let stains settle into your artificial grass. Summer is a busy month for your artificial grass. Spending more time outdoors, daily kids games and throwing garden parties are all fun activities, but they lead to high lawn traffic and frequent staining.
Not sure how to deal with the stains on your artificial grass? We have just the right tips for you!
Stains can be stubborn and if they remain undetected, removing them later will be much harder. In this case, trying to just wash them may not be enough. If your lawn has suffered stain damage from pet accidents or after your latest outdoor gathering, don’t waste time, but try to deep clean your artificial grass right away.
Thanks to being low-maintenance and pet-friendly, fake grass seems suitable to install outdoors, but also indoors, usually on the balcony or directly in one of the rooms.
While your furry companion may appreciate the fun green addition, it is only natural to consider the artificial turf a perfect place to relieve itself. As we all know, pets usually mark the same spot over and over again, drawn by the smell.
To free your artificial grass from dog or cat urine smell, there are a few things you need to do.
That’s another tough one. If bird droppings are not considered a problem on a natural lawn, as the waste decomposes faster, this is not the case with the synthetic kind. That is why you need to take additional measures to clean the bird poop off your artificial grass.
Start with inspecting the surrounding areas. If the birds are drawn to a particular zone of the lawn, perhaps trees are the reason. Consider cutting down branches that are convenient gathering points for the birds. Denying them access to the lawn completely may not be possible since it’s an open area, but you should still disinfect the fake grass by:
Food stains are quite common but they can be removed completely without a lot of effort. Meaning you won’t need aggressive cleaners like bleach, for instance. Those are not only harmful to the environment but can also damage the colouring of your fake grass.
So, either stick to warm water in combination with a mild detergent or fill up a bottle with 1:1 white vinegar and water. Vinegar may be smelly, but it breaks down greasy stains immediately and you can always rinse with water to make the odour disappear faster.
For cleaning paint off artificial grass, you can try lacquer remover or directly a paint cleaner. Don’t start cleaning, though, without using eye and skin protection, as these products are toxic and dangerous.
Although artificial grass is quite resistant to substances, it is still best to test the product on a small area in one of the corners before applying it on the paint stain. See how it reacts with the grass, specifically if there is a change in colour. Eco-friendly paint removers, free from toxic components, are also available if you prefer a safer approach.
You may think that having synthetic grass frees you from a weed invasion, but that is not exactly the case. The lawn’s proximity to trees and bushes, in combination with leaves piling up, is enough to bring the seeds in. The upside of it, though, is that weeds are likely to grow only in the corners of the artificial carpet.
To keep the fake grass clean, just remember to:
Artificial grass is not a favourable place for bacteria to thrive, so the chances of seeing mould on your turf are not big. Nevertheless, fallen leaves usually retain water and moisture, which can remain trapped on the grass underneath, especially with no direct sunlight available. This way, mould can form and spread to the artificial grass.
The best protection is to make sure that you clean the leaves from your artificial lawn in time. Whether you use a rake, another type of brush or a leaf blower to get them off is up to you, but the important thing is to make this task a priority, especially during autumn.
In case the mould has already affected your artificial grass, then you can remove it safely with the help of water and essential oil, preferably tea tree or clove. Spray the mixture on and use a sponge to wipe the grass blades. The oil could leave some greasy residue and if that bothers you, you can wash it away with vinegar or just warm soapy water.