Artificial grass can last for years and withstand all forms of weather and the wear and tear that comes with it. Most homeowners prefer artificial lawn to natural grass because it requires very little to no maintenance. This is unlike natural grass that requires lots of care from handling weeds and watering to mowing regularly.
Artificial lawn too requires some form of maintenance to keep it in the best condition possible. Although you might have eliminated the need to weed or water, the fake grass needs to remain clean to maintain its look and appeal. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to keep your ‘fake’ lawn clean.
Twigs, fallen branches, and other large fragments can find their way onto your lawn, making it unsightly or neglected. Since the lawn is artificial, it’s advisable to get rid of any debris (synthetic or natural) from the lawn. One way to do this is by picking them up and dumping them in a compost pit or rubbish bins for collection. Make it a habit of removing the debris before it gets out of hand or damages your lawn.
Smaller Rubbish Remains
Leaves and other smaller debris can find a way into your lawn. Most of these will not breakdown with artificial grass under it. For this reason, you need to keep the lawn free of these by either sweeping or using a leaf blower. Look for a strong enough leaf blower to blow the debris from your yard.
Pets are known to conduct their business in the lawn. It is even worse if there are lamp posts, fire hydrants, or even a small structure in the lawn. You can however avoid a mess in your lawn by training your pet to use a litter box in one corner of the lawn. You could even set aside a soil or gravel area for the pets to use. Although you might have a litter box ready or have willful pets, there are times when the puppy or cat will make a mess in the synthetic lawn. Luckily though, solid wastes can be managed using a scoop or a well-placed bag. Rinse the stained area with plenty of water for liquid wastes to prevent discolouration and staining.
Ice and Snow
Snow and ice are particularly tricky to handle if looking to replace the white snowy lawn with some green. In many instances, homeowners will leave it to the sun to melt the ice away. If the ice/snow seems to take ages to clear, you can then resolve to other methods. While you can use a shovel to remove the snow, it should be done with utmost care to avoid damaging the lawn. A stiff broom would be recommended to remove snow from the lawn. You should however avoid using salt to prevent ice forming – salt residue might accumulate hence blocking the drainage.
Food And Drink Waste/Spills
Food and drink spills are a common problem for artificial lawn. While a broom and rinse combo might come in handy, some foods might be harder to remove from the artificial grass. Take chewing gum, for example. Use an ice cube or plastic putty knife to remove the gum. Avoid using cleaning agents with harsh chemicals on your lawn – these could bleach the greenery of the artificial grass.
If looking to keep your lawn as clean as possible, you should then consider brushing it often with a stiff-bristled broom. This is probably the only maintenance the lawn will ever need.