Artificial grass, or synthetic grass, is becoming a favourite amongst homeowners due to its low maintenance and the durability of it as well. Having a low-effort and aesthetically pleasing solution to your home is becoming something that’s very hard to pass up.
Even though it’s low maintenance, there are still some things to consider and steps to take to make sure your synthetic grass is always looking its best.
If you’ve ever tried to maintain a regular grass lawn then you’ve experienced the worries of high water costs, chemicals, changes in the weather affecting your lawn, and the hours spent every weekend on trying to make it more presentable. A lot of these pains are eased with artificial grass and can free up a lot of your time without breaking the bank.
Let’s have a look at some of the ways you can keep your artificial grass looking brand new.
Artificial Grass & Its Unique Needs
Before we get into it, it’s important to remember that artificial grass has completely different needs and issues that can come with maintaining it.
You don’t have to worry about the weather, humidity, or mowing it, but you do need to be more cautious about spills, stains, and debris. It’s not a set-and-forget solution and it requires some attention once it’s installed, especially if you’re trying to keep your grass in the best shape possible.
Stains and debris buildup come with artificial grass as it’s built upon a base and essentially becomes a carpet for your backyard, trapping spills, messes, food, and anything else that you might drop onto it. Although all grassing solutions are different with some having ways to drain liquids, some having sprinklers built in between sections, and some having different grass blade varieties, vacuuming allows you to clean most surfaces quickly and effectively before any rinsing or hosing down is needed.
Clean Up Light Stains & Be Proactive
It’s inevitable that you’ll need to clean up a spill and you’ll eventually notice a stain on your fresh new lawn. It’s important to remember that life happens and there’s ways to clean these stains to make your lawn look as good as new.
- Act fast and be proactive. Clean up any spills quickly to avoid them becoming long-lasting, persistent stains.
- Use paper towels that can absorb liquids, and blot around spills to make sure there’s no discolouration or residue on the grass,
- After you’ve used a towel and gotten some of the residues off the grass, you can rinse it down with water and household detergent that won’t damage the blades.
- If you need to use any stronger chemicals to get out a stubborn stain, try using a 3% solution of ammonia mixed with some water instead of detergent.
- Once you’re done, make sure to rinse the grass down with cold water.
Equipment & Tools You Should Own
There are only a few essentials you’ll need to take care of your artificial grass. Firstly, you’ll need a hose for rinsing the grass down. This helps a lot with spills and anything sticky that may fall on the grass such as jam, honey, and any spills that weren’t cleaned up immediately.
As well as a hose, an important tool to your landscaping arsenal is a rake. Make sure you use synthetic or plastic bristles which are much more gentle on the blades of grass compared to metal rakes. Raking down your lawn helps maintain the surface of your lawn and helps keep it unmatted.
A favourite amongst homeowners is a lawn vacuum. These are great for any leaves that need to be removed before they get crushed into the turf or any debris and mess you normally wouldn’t notice. Vacuums are also great for low-effort cleaning, being able to vacuum your lawn and clean without worrying about chemicals means you’ll be more likely to want to clean more often.
Artificial grass has its own needs and cleaning process to make sure it looks new. It’s important to stay on top of messes and spills as well as stains while they’re fresh, as well as keeping debris out of the base.
By following these simple steps and being proactive when things don’t go as planned, it can really pay off in the long run and can turn your lawn into an investment.
If you’re after your own artificial grass or have any questions, get in touch with the staff at Reelgrass and our friendly team will help you out.