The first question many homeowners ask when deciding to install artificial turf is, does the turf require lawn maintenance? The short answer is no. A turf lawn does not require mowing, weed eating, fertilizing, bagging, constant watering, etc. With the elimination of these chores, homeowners also eliminate spending money on equipment maintenance gas, fertilizers and sod.
One of the biggest reasons why people invest in installing artificial turf is the elimination of lawn care and maintenance. With lawn care comes a multitude of chores and additional expenses, so to eliminate responsibilities off of an already full plate, is appealing to most homeowners. Although some love to put sweat and hard work into making their natural sod lawns pristine, artificial turf is a great investment for those who just want an aesthetically pleasing yard without all of the hard work.
Although artificial turf eliminates normal lawn maintenance chores, a turf lawn is still a huge investment. And with this investment, there are things that need to be done to keep your turf lawn maintained and long lasting.
Here are a few occasional turf lawn maintenance chores that are recommended for you do in order to keep your turf lawn looking it’s best.
Consider Installation Advice
Once you install artificial turf, take into consideration the recommendations of routine maintenance from your installation company. If you steer away from what they believe will be the best maintenance for their product, you may risk losing your warranty, as many turf warranties are based upon your regular maintenance responsibilities. For example, do not use any non-approved chemicals such as, petroleum based ones. Gasoline, from working on equipment or cars is also is also bad for turf foundations. Just abiding by simple advice such as this, will keep your warranty in tact and your turf longer lasting.
One lawn maintenance chore eliminated with installing artificial turf is constant watering. This also helps with reducing the amount of water your household uses, which ultimately reduces your water bill. That being said, it is helpful to spray your artificial turf from time to time. It’s helpful to rinse off the turf to remove excess pollen and dirt. It’s also helpful to spray down in hot climates, as turf does get extremely warm. One of the biggest reasons to water your turf lawn every once in a while is that it helps the turf foundation stabilize and stay in place.
Depending on the amount of foot traffic on your turf lawn, it’s recommended that you brush your artificial turf surface. Brushing your yard will keep your turf from dipping or flattening, as well as, it will allow your turf to stay upright, as worn grass can lean over time. It’s important to only brush on a dry yard and with a synthetic bristle brush. If you use a brush with wire or metal bristles you can cause damage to the fibers in your turf.
Pet Waste Removal
If you have pets that use your artificial lawn, you will more than likely want to remove pet waste more often than not. If you let waste linger, odors and stains can overtake your lawn. Whether you’re using a pooper-scooper or a bag, removal of any pet waste is necessary to keep your artificial grass maintained and looking and smelling it’s best.
Depending on the type of land your house is built on – you may have trees or nearby woods that can allow for leaves or debris to find it’s way onto your turf lawn. In such an event, you will need bag these non-welcome agents in order to get your lawn back to looking pristine!
Cleaning Up Spills
If your lawn encounters any type of spills, it will need to be cleaned up fast. Most spills on artificial turf can be absorbed and sprayed off quickly. Artificial turf is normally stain resistant, but depending on the type of spill, you may need to do some additional work to remove stains. Most any stain can be removed by using household cleaning solvents such as, detergent and ammonia. Make sure to not use anything with chlorine bleach in it as that can damage the turf. As long as you make sure the solvent you are using is acceptable for artificial turf, you should have your spill cleaned up in no time without any evidence left behind on your lawn.
Depending on the proximity of trees to your artificial lawn, you may encounter sap drippings on your artificial turf. These drippings can be sticky and difficult to remove from your synthetic grass. If not take care of they can build up on your lawn, therefore you will need to freeze those spots. Most stores that carry artificial turf cleaning materials for turf lawn care will have cans of refrigerant that you can buy which can easily remove these spots without harming your artificial landscape. This also goes for gum. If you have kids or heavy shoe traffic on your lawn, you will probably run into gum getting stuck in the synthetic blades. The instance can be treated in the same manner, freezing, as the tree sap residue.