April 10th, 2018 by
Artificial grass is known for being easier to care for than the real thing. However, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to care for it at all! You never need to water or mow an artificial lawn but you will need to give it some TLC in other ways to keep it clean, fresh and odour-free. If your artificial lawn is giving you a very real headache, or you’re thinking about getting some artificial grass, read our essential guide to artificial grass and Astroturf care.
Stains Cause Pain
Keep your lawn looking like this by getting rid of stains as soon as possible One of the most common problems with artificial grass is staining. We often see artificial lawns compared to outdoor carpets, and while this isn’t necessarily fair – most artificial grass is designed to be much more stain resistant than carpets – they can still stain badly from things like wine and oil. However artificial grass’ true arch enemy is chewing gum! This can stick your artificial grass together in unsightly clumps and attract insects if you’re not careful. It’s always advisable to pack a bottle of Artificial Grass Cleaner for those occasions when hot water and washing up liquid just can’t cut it!
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Don’t Leave Those Leaves
Try and keep your artificial grass as clear of leaves, twigs and general debris as possible, especially in the autumn months. Those dried up leaves might look pretty but they tend to crumble away if you leave them lying around, meaning your artificial lawn will be left covered in tiny spots and particles that are a nightmare to get rid of. At worst, leaves and plant matter can compost, attracting insects and weeds. You need to take special care when your new lawn first arrives as it’ll still be settling on the ground, so give it a gentle regular brush for the first couple of months to get rid of leaves and twigs. After this you won’t need to clean it as much and can even bust out the leaf blower to make your life even easier!
Weed Out Unwanted Visitors
One of the big benefits of artificial grass is that it’s designed to stop weeds and moss from growing on it. Unfortunately, it can’t keep out everything, so on occasion a weed might poke through your spotless lawn! The most important thing here is not to go digging to try and pull out the weeds – otherwise you could end up with an irreparable hole in your lawn! Get a good quality, water-based weed killer to get rid of those unwanted weeds for good. You can also use effective home remedies, like an Epsom salt solution, to control those weeds!
Don’t Get Too Fired Up
If you’re planning a BBQ for the summer, you’ll want to plan it far away from any artificial grass. In fact, anything involving fire or heat should not be done anywhere near your artificial lawn. That means no smoking, no bonfires, no fireworks, no stoves of any kind, and no BBQs. Keep all these activities on your patio!
You don’t need us to tell you that cleaning up animal mess as soon as possible is fairly important, but over time this mess and fur will create an odour in your garden. Thankfully this can be gotten rid of fairly easily with some Artificial Grass Cleaner. This will not only eliminate nasty odours altogether, it also safely disinfects the area making it safe for pets, children and grown-up children to play in!
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Watch Your Weight
Wheelbarrows and the like are usually fine to roll over your artificial grass. However, if it’s loaded up with heavy objects, make sure you don’t leave it on your lawn. Heavy objects left on artificial grass tend to leave an indentation. It’s usually possible to fix this by brushing the artificial grass blades back into shape, but if the object was really heavy, or was left there a really long time, this might not be possible.
It’s generally best to let snow and ice thaw naturally. Artificial lawns are very weather resistant and the snow doesn’t damage your grass if you just let it do its thing. If you try and clear it away too aggressively, you risk snapping off any blades of grass that might be frozen solid! Just chill out and put the kettle on instead. Artificial lawns need much more regular care for the first couple of months, however after this time has passed you’ll have a relatively stress-free, low-maintenance lawn that looks great all year round if you follow our advice! If you want a bit more advice on how our products could help you care for your artificial grass or Astroturf, just give our experts a call on 0800 091 3171 or use the live chat function on prokleen.co.uk!