Every year, there is a routine you need to undertake to keep your garden growing and fight the harshness of the winter season.
With synthetic lawns, much of the grass-feeding, mulching and aerating you need to do with a natural grass lawn is gone, but there are some simple steps you need to take to keep it looking beautiful.
Here are seven steps to a beautiful artificial field.
Prepare Your Tools
The main tool you will need to keep your lawn looking fantastic is a soft-bristled brush, but a hosepipe, rake and leaf blower can also help to make your life easier.
The main maintenance task you will need to regularly do is to gently brush the surface of your lawn to keep the blades standing upright. Most modern turf uses infill to help with this, but in some cases, you may need to brush to keep the lawn looking even.
Hose The Lawn
Hosing the grass, particularly in hotter weather is important but for many different reasons than with natural grass.
Rinsing the turf can help get rid of debris, waste and some stains, however, if you have particularly dirty parts of the lawn, a mild detergent mix rinsed off with water can help.
The heat will not affect the look or quality of your lawn, but if you plan on going barefoot in the garden, be aware on hot days that the surface can heat up.
Typically you will need less water with an artificial lawn over regularly watering the grass.
Much like indoor flor surfaces, bad odours can linger, so it is worth using a deodorizer on the surface to keep your turf smelling clean and fresh.
Artificial turf sprays are designed to clean away odours such as pet waste, but baking soda, and a dilute water and vinegar solution can also remove the smell.
Sweep Away Leaves
Leaves, as well as other dirt and debris, can build up on your turf, so be sure to use a garden vacuum or leaf blower to get rid of leaves.
Typically, unless you frequently use your lawn you will only need to take care of it once every three months.
Trim your hedges and trees regularly to mitigate the number of leaves that will fall onto the lawn, which will save you time and energy of sweeping them away.
Weeds are exceptionally hardy and can grow even after installing an artificial lawn. You may need to spray your turf with a weedicide around twice a year and pick any other weeds.
Avoid Hot Ash
Artificial turf can melt if it comes into contact with cigarette ash or remnants from a BBQ, so avoid allowing hot objects near the lawn itself.
Let Snow and Ice Melt
Seasons do not affect artificial grass pile, whether it is hot sunny days, wet weather or frost. The only exception to this is if an icy layer develops after the snow is stomped into your lawn. Let it melt naturally, as being too hasty can damage the fibers of the lawn.