One of the chief reasons why more and more property owners are choosing artificial turf for their yards is because of the significant reduction of the work involved in maintaining a lawn. With synthetic turf, Perth property owners can say goodbye to regular watering, mowing, fertilisation, removal of weeds, application of pesticides, and everything else in between.
That, however, does not necessarily mean that you do not have to put in some work to ensure that your artificial grass looks good. Listed here are some important tips on cleaning and maintaining your synthetic turf.
Invest in the right tools
Although artificial turf does not require mowing, you will still need to invest in a few tools to help you clean and maintain your lawn. The most important of these are a hose and a rake. A leaf blower will also be a welcome addition and can make clean up and maintenance a breeze.
Water is your friend
Unlike natural grass, artificial grass does not need to be watered. This allows you to save time and money and forgo one of the most common mistakes property owners typically make: overwatering the lawn.
However, you will still need to use water to keep your turf clean, especially if your artificial grass does not receive sufficient rainwater to rinse it. Washing your synthetic turf will prevent the build-up of organic matter.
Avoid using corrosive cleaners
It may be tempting to use household cleaners to clean your lawn. However, many of these chemicals are corrosive. Often, a quick rinse with water will suffice. If coloured drinks and other liquids are spilled on the turf, you can use a mixture of detergent and water. To remove bad odours, you can use a solution made out of water and vinegar. Finally, to keep mould and bacteria off your lawn, you can also use a vinegar and water solution.
Keep flammable materials off your lawn
Although artificial grass is flame-resistant, you’d want to barbecue or smoke somewhere else to prevent melting the fibres of your synthetic grass.
Make raking a habit
Over time, you will notice that the fibres of the grass will look uneven due to traffic. The remedy to this is simply raking the turf. This enables the fibres to be redistributed and to wear evenly. While raking, you can also look for signs of weeds which sometimes grow on lawns fitted with artificial turf. The best way to remove these is to pull these off manually. Weed killers can also be used, but do so sparingly as these can damage the turf.