One of the primary reasons that hundreds of Sacramento homeowners are switching to artificial grass is because of its convenient, low-maintenance nature. Natural grass requires watering, mowing, edging, fertilizing, resodding, and more in order to maintain a healthy appearance. However, the care needed for artificial grass is extremely minimal in comparison. It maintains its evergreen appearance for years with no maintenance, but like all home investments, it does require occasional care to remain in pristine condition for its full lifespan. Here are five simple tips for maintaining your synthetic turf so you can enjoy it for decades to come.
#1. Clear Debris Whenever You Can
The easiest way you can maintain your artificial grass is by using your hands or a leaf blower to clear large pieces of debris from your lawn. Larger items such as leaves or branches can be left strewn throughout your yard, especially if you have a lot of surrounding plant life, and these items could become matted into your artificial grass if left there over time. Removing debris from your turf will help your yard maintain a clean and well-groomed appearance while helping the blades remain fluffed and upright so you can minimize the amount of maintenance you’ll have to perform over time.
#2. Hose Down Your Synthetic Turf Weekly
One of the biggest appeals of artificial grass is that it doesn’t need to be constantly watered to stay green, unlike natural grass. By switching to artificial grass, you save thousands of gallons of water each year. However, it is still recommended that you quickly hose down your synthetic turf once a week or so to clear away any dust and debris. If you experience regular periods of rainfall during the colder months, this is sufficient as an effective turf cleaner and no hosing down is necessary. However, during the dry summer months, quickly rinsing down your synthetic turf once a week will keep your lawn clean and clear of contaminants.
#3. Cross Brush Your Artificial Grass Monthly
If your artificial grass receives a substantial amount of foot traffic, it may become matted in some areas and require occasional brushing. How frequently or easily it becomes matted is largely dependant on the durability and pile height of the artificial grass product you chose. However, a general rule of thumb is that your synthetic turf should be brushed about once a month. Brushing your lawn in the opposite direction of the fibers, also known as cross brushing, will help fluff up the grass fibers and maintain the upright position of each blade. Cross brushing your lawn will extend your lawn’s lifespan and keep it looking lush year-round.
#4. Spot Clean Your Grass When Needed
The best way to preserve your synthetic turf and avoid staining is to spot clean your artificial turf as spills occur. In case of an accident, clean the area as quickly as you can to prevent stains or other damage. Blot any liquids and scoop up any solids before rinsing the affected area. Gently rinse it with a mixture of water and household detergent or, for more stubborn stains, a combination of water and 3% ammonia solution. After cleaning, rinse it thoroughly with clean, cold water. By diligently spot cleaning your artificial grass as damage occurs, you can avoid stains and keep your lawn beautiful for its full lifespan.
If you’ve recently installed artificial grass in your Sacramento home, or if you’re considering switching to synthetic turf, it’s essential to know the care and maintenance involved in protecting your investment and extending its life. For more information about available artificial grass products, installation methods, and turf maintenance, call Artificial Turf by Fenix at (877) 673-8873. We’d be happy to provide you with a free quote on your next project.