Artificial Grass Maintenance
Follow these few simple steps
- Regularly remove leaves and debris using a leaf blower, stiff brush or plastic rake.
- Trim hedges and trees often to limit the amount of leaves falling onto the lawn.
- Apply weed killer twice a year to the whole area to prevent weeds growing and to kill any stray ones.
- Use an artificial turf spray to clean away any urine from your pets. Sprinkle the area with baking soda before adding a diluted solution of water and vinegar to get rid of any odours.
How to remove stubborn stains from artificial grass
- Act quickly — and remove as much of the spillage as possible before it begins to harden.
- Soak up any liquids with a clean cloth, kitchen towel or (if you have some to hand) cat litter — all of these will absorb any liquid.
- If there is still a mark, mix a small amount of washing up liquid and lukewarm water together. Apply with a synthetic bristled brush or a clean cloth or sponge.
- Work the solution in between and around the stained fibres. Rinse the area thoroughly with water from a garden hose or watering can.
- If the spillage has hardened, you may need to carefully remove it using either a plastic spatula or plastic knife. You could also try using a toothbrush to gently brush the stain away.
- Use weed killer twice a year
- Rake grass regularly
- If you see a weed, pick it!
- Brush the lawn consistently to keep the fibres upright
Brushing artificial grass
- Lightly brush your new lawn on a regular basis (once a week or every other week) to remove any leaves or twigs — but remember to go gently, as if you use too much force you could end up misshaping the turf.
- The best brush for the job is a medium, soft bristle brush, which will be gentle enough on the grass while still doing its work.
- Brush the grass in the opposite direction of the artificial fibres.
Removing leaves from artificial grass
- Use a normal leaf blower for the quickest way to get rid of any leaves on artificial turf.
- If you can, remove your leaves on a day when the wind is blowing in the direction you want the leaves to go, or on a day with no breeze.
- Dry leaves are easier to remove with a blower than wet ones.
The best thing about artificial grass is that you never have to cut your lawn again! Other reasons why you should invest in artificial grass are:
- Save water and reduce your water bills
- More time to relax — no more cutting the grass every week!
- Safe for children and pets to play on
- Artificial grass drains quickly
- It won’t fade in the sunlight
- Looks lush and green all year round
- It’s long lasting and durable
New Turf Care Tips
As soon as your new lawn has been laid be sure to water it well
This is obviously a no-no if you’re in an area where there’s a hose pipe ban, this is why laying turf in the autumn can be a good idea. You should water the turf for a considerable amount of time, this first watering is one of the most important ones. The water should soak through to the ground below.
Water your new turf daily for the first weeks or so.
If the weather is warm when your new turf is laid, be sure to water it either early in the morning, or later on in the evening, this prevents water evaporating in the heat of the sun. You may need to water your turf daily for up to a month if you've laid your new lawn during a warm summer. If the temperature is under 10oC, like it is in the autumn, watering daily may not be necessary.
To know when you need to water your new turf check the underside of it, it should be moist all the time for about a month after it has been laid, after this point you can reduce the amount of watering.
Be careful not to over-water your turf as this can encourage lawn disease. Lift up a corner of the turf and check its underside – it should be moist and dark, but not sopping wet.
Do not walk on your new turf until its roots have bedded into the soil
It can take a number of weeks for the roots to bed into the soil. You will know when the roots have rooted as you will not be able to lift up a corner of your new turf easily.If your new turf has been laid on a slope, it can take longer to root in, so stay off it a little longer – perhaps six weeks or so to be safe.
Wait a few weeks before mowing your new turf
When you mow your new lawn for the first time, be sure to set your mower to one of its highest cutting settings. When mowing in the Autumn and early Spring, it is best to use one of the highest cutting settings on your mower anyway.
Fertilise your lawn a couple of times a year to help keep it healthy