If you are contemplating having synthetic grass placed in your yard, you will soon be enjoying the look of real grass without the upkeep. There are, however, still some maintenance steps to take to keep your artificial grass looking like real grass. Here are some tips to follow when taking care of an artificial lawn.
Watch For Weight
After a person or pet lies on an artificial grass surface, the blades often get pressed down, leaving an imprint in your lawn. Since the turf is made from synthetic material, it will not bounce back as real grass does in time. After someone lies in the grass, or if you had a piece of heavy equipment set on the area, fluff up the grass using a broom by sweeping the blades from bottom to top. This will encourage the blades to stand in an upright position and will help alleviate matting of your lawn.
Instead of mowing and feeding your lawn, you will need to clean it to keep it looking lush and full. Spray down your lawn once a week to remove any dust or dirt buildup from the surfaces of the blades of grass. Once a month, use a rake or a broom with stiff bristles to comb through the lawn. This will remove tangles and any larger clumps of dirt from the lawn. Do not use steel bristles on artificial turf, as they can scratch the material the synthetic grass is made from.
Treat Pet Areas
Pets can still use a synthetic lawn to relieve themselves as they would a real lawn, but you will need to remove the waste so your lawn does not have an odor or bacteria on the blades of grass. After your pet goes to the bathroom, pick up solid waste with a plastic bag or paper towel to put in the trash inside. Afterwards, wash down the affected area to remove any solid waste from the grass. If your pet urinates on synthetic grass, wash it away with a hose immediately after your pet finishes.
If you spill something on your artificial lawn, such as blood, juice, wine or any other material that stains, first try washing it away with a garden hose. If residue remains, make a mixture of half-water and half-vinegar and place it in a spray bottle. Mist the lawn with the solution and allow it to sit for a half an hour before rinsing with water from the garden hose. Contact Turf Pro Synthetics, LLC for more information about artificial grass upkeep.