The maintenance of artificial turf is a big bonus for homeowners trying to decide whether it’s worth installing it. There are maintenance tasks to perform but they are required to be performed on a far less frequent basis than the work required for natural grass.
It stands to reason that synthetic grass is going to require cleaning every now and then because it is sitting outside, open to the elements. The synthetic grass surface is going to get dirty. The wind will carry in dust, foot traffic is going to carry dirt onto it and passing cars and trucks are going to fling dirt onto it. If you own pets then it’s inevitable that they are also going to soil the grass and this will have to be cleaned off on a regular basis.
When the smell of the synthetic grass becomes noticeable, you’ve just had your first hint that it’s time to give it a clean. Cleaning synthetic grass is a pretty simple job, particularly if you just want to remove the build up of dirt or leaf litter that has made your grass less than green. A jet spray nozzle attached to your common old garden hose is adequate for freshening up the grass. A strong spray of water will remove the dirt build up as well as any nasty smells that have begun to emanate from it.
One of the problems that you may experience with your artificial grass that can’t be fixed by cleaning on a regular basis is the flattening of the grass blades. Although the blades of an artificial grass surface have been designed to stand up like a natural grass lawn would, repeated or heavy traffic will eventually crush the blades to the point where they can no longer stand.
To overcome this problem you may have to take two courses of action. You may first need to clean out a build up of debris in the pile of the grass. The grass flattening may be due to the infill becoming too clogged with dirt and leaf matter which leads to the grass becoming a solid mat rather than a fluffy lawn.
Raking your artificial grass by running it against the grain will result in the grass blades springing back to life. You must be careful when doing the raking that you don’t press too heavily on the rake to avoid damaging your synthetic grass. This fluffing process will give you an as-new look to your artificial grass.
As you can see there are a few maintenance tasks required for synthetic grass but it amounts to far less than the work required to keep your natural lawn looking in good shape. The cost of synthetic grass maintenance is far less per year than the costs associated with natural grass too.