While we regularly campaign for synthetic grass for its low maintenance costs compared to your traditional natural grass lawns, it is not suffice to say that it is ‘zero maintenance’.
To keep your synthetic lawn in top condition and the envy of your neighbours, it is highly recommended that you must be keen in handling your artificial grass lawns with minimal yet regular maintenance efforts.
So, what do you need to do to keep your lawn looking great? Well, start following a regular monthly maintenance schedule. Overlooking the importance of maintaining your synthetic grass lawn does not warrant our claim, thus it would be wise to keep it on top of your regular maintenance list to enjoy fully your investment.
Of course, there are numerous types of synthetic grass products, and Green Planet Grass recommends that high traffic or ‘interactive’ surfaces should be regularly maintained such that it lasts longer and retain the lustre of the grass blades. Artificial grass products, which are not subjected to harsh usage such as those in large landscaped areas, require lesser regular care.
Early months of your new lawn
Professional installation of your synthetic grass lawn will ensure an even distribution of infill materials over the entire surface but it is likely to take two to three months to reach its optimum condition considering that the materials only fully settle down by then. Regular light grooming while the infill materials are slowly penetrating through the grass blades would be far more recommendable than with heavy brushing.
Several Green Planet Grass products do not need any infill materials; however, it is advisable to brush the grass blades every so often to keep the blades rigid, and do it with a soft bristle.
The infill materials sometimes spring out from the pile of grass. You only need to lightly brush through the blades to push it back down. This is required n order to keep the top grass fibres upright.
Interactive surfaces should be brushed regularly. It is vital that the synthetic blades are erect since the softer fibres along the surface of the grass blades are highly susceptible to tough conditions. Green Planet Grass recommends brushing at least once every month and in different directions.
On the other hand, for landscaped lawns, you only need to brush through the blades if you are getting rid of other debris such as pet poop, or for controlling weeds.
Keeping it clean
Airborne contaminants such as dust and pollen are best dealt with by natural rainfall. In areas where rain is scarce – which can often be the case in Perth– occasional water flush is beneficial to clean fibres. For lightly soiled areas it may be necessary to sponge mop with a 5% solution of mild household detergent in warm water, followed by a thorough rinsing with warm water. For heavily soiled areas, a solution of household detergent/disinfectant in warm water followed by a thorough rinsing with warm water should be used.
Undesirable debris should also be cleaned away from your grass surface, especially for heavily used lawns, at least once a month.
It would be more effective if you could do it manually with a brush. This will stop any organic material from developing into something more obstructive, which in turn could prove to be detrimental to the grass drainage system and further encourage growth of other organic materials.
While those less likely used synthetic lawns need less attention in this respect, but you still have to remove any organic materials such as dried leaves when necessary, and clearing it quarterly.
Weeds and surface vegetation
You may also use a moss or weed killer annually for all your synthetic grass products in order to avoid any accumulation of weeds and other vegetation. You should use a systematic water-based weed killer– if you are not sure what to use, ask your synthetic grass specialist. As the vegetation dies down, you will have to remove the decaying materials (make sure to take out the roots as well). For moss build-up, you may simply sweep the remnants.
The first rule here is to be prompt. Remove all solid or paste-like deposits with a spatula or table knife, and blot with excessive liquid paper towels and a clean cloth. While synthetic turf is highly resistant to staining, there are a sophisticated group of components combined to produce the final product. Some cleaning agents that are suitable for the fibres may be harmful to other components. For guidance on stain removal consult your Green Planet Grass specialist.
Synthetic grass is great for dogs and other pets as it is safe, but it cannot be dug by busy paws. Nevertheless, animal faeces should be removed manually as soon as possible, and the area must be washed down with hot water mixed with household cleaning agent. You can also neutralise the faeces with a mixture of white distilled vinegar in equal amounts of water. Flush thoroughly after application.