There are many reasons why Charlotte homeowners are turning to artificial turf, including the cost savings and the elimination of the need to water, reseed and mow their lawns. Even though artificial grass has none of the maintenance requirements of natural lawns, it still needs to be groomed regularly so as to extend its life and retain its natural appearance. Here are some tips from SYNLawn Carolina to help you care for your synthetic grass – in a fraction of the time it takes to maintain a natural lawn.
It’s imperative to make sure you have the right equipment to care for your lawn and keep it looking full and lush. Though you can get rid of your lawn mower, you’ll want to make sure to pick up a garden hose, leaf blower and a rake. It might also be beneficial to have a stiff brush on-hand as well.
These items are generally very affordable, so they should be easy to obtain if you don’t already have them around the house.
Once the installation is complete, you might see a bit of excess sand on the surface of your grass. This is perfectly normal, and all you have to do is sweep the sand lightly across the turf to help it find its way down into the infill.
Keep it Clean
Your turf is not immune to dust, dirt and debris that, if left unattended, can leave your lawn looking unkempt and unattractive. Cleaning your grass regularly is important to ensure it lasts the full duration of its long life expectancy. There are three products that you can use to keep your turf free and clear of leaves and dirt: a leaf blower, a lawn sweeper and a garden vacuum. Each of these is a viable option to keep your lawn clean.
Tend the Turf
If you do not have kids or pets, then feel free to tend your artificial grass at least every three months. However, if you do have kids, pets or both, it is recommended that you clean it more often. If the lawn is your dog’s potty area or if you drop food or spill a drink, it’s important to clean it up right away to avoid odors or residue later on.
Though you have cut down on water costs from irrigation, you still have to use water every once in a while. Use a hose to rinse your artificial grass get rid of stickiness, debris or pet waste. Use a mild detergent or a mixture of vinegar and water to clean to dirtiest areas on the lawn.
Your artificial grass will not be harmed by unpleasant odors, but you don’t want to let them linger for obvious reasons. If you have pets, the smell probably comes from the areas where they frequently relieve themselves. You have to be extra thorough when you are cleaning this area of the lawn. Use an enzyme cleaner for areas like this or a mixture of water and vinegar.
Artificial grass blades should stand upright to mimic natural grass. Even the strongest grass blades can start to droop over time if you don’t spend a little time brushing it back into place.
This is where the stiff brush we mentioned earlier comes in. Try to find one that has synthetic bristles at least five inches long. Do not use a brush that has metallic bristles, however, as this will damage your artificial grass. Try to keep an even pressure throughout the brushing process, or you’ll notice that some areas look slightly uneven.
If you have a large yard, then brushing all of it may seem like a daunting task. Focus on the areas that are tread upon more frequently and tackle the rest of the lawn in smaller sections.
Some people get turned off from buying an artificial lawn because of the initial price tag. However, once you do have it, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. You start saving money right away, you have more time for your family, and you’ll have made an investment into your home’s property value for the future.
The amount of time you have to spend on your artificial lawn is minimal compared to hours you toiled on your natural grass. Taking a few minutes a week or day to spray down your yard is the easiest way to make sure your grass lasts long into the future.
Installing artificial grass in North Carolina is the fastest, easiest way to ensure you have time and money to spend on your family. Our lawns last up to 15+ years and will bring hours upon hours of enjoyment for you and your family. Contact us today for your free consultation!