There is no doubt that installing synthetic grass in place of natural grass greatly reduces the amount of gardening and maintenance that has to go into the backyard each weekend. It doesn’t, however, completely remove the workload completely. Synthetic grass requires some maintenance to keep it looking good and to help it to remain “healthy”.

In all honesty you can do as little or as much in terms of maintenance of your synthetic grass lawn as you like but the more care you treat it with, the longer it will last, the better it will smell and the nicer it will look. As with just about everything that you own, if you treat it well, it treats you well.

So what are some of the regular tasks that should be carried out on your synthetic grass?

Leaf and debris is inevitably going to blow onto your synthetic lawn and should be removed on a regular basis. A once a week clean up would give you the best results and would shorten the time it would take to clean it off, too. The risk with allowing leaf litter and other dirt particles to accumulate on your synthetic grass is that if it is ground into the pile bacteria can begin to grow as can moss and both of these are much more difficult to remove.

A stiff broom or a leaf blower will both work well in clearing off any invaders from the grass. It’s not the completely work-free result that you may be after but, let’s be honest, it’s a much simpler task than getting out the lawnmower and cutting the grass.

When the pile begins to become flattened down due to constant traffic it will require a brush to allow the blades to once again stand upright. Debris build up is another cause of the flattening of synthetic grass blades, another reason to keep it clean.

Weeds are eventually going to attempt to take a foothold in your artificial lawn and so a treatment with a herbicide once a year may be required to keep them at bay. Alternatively, if you are vigilant you can simply pick out any young appearances.

Occasionally a seam may become raised for one reason or another. Identifying the damage early can avoid a major problem. You may feel confident enough to repair the fault yourself or you can call the installers who will come out and do the repairs for you. Similarly, damage such as a hole in a center portion of the synthetic grass will require repairing that is best done by the experts.

Synthetic grass requires maintenance, of that there is no doubt, but it requires far less maintenance than a natural grass lawn. Little and often will probably give you the best results, although little and less often will also work too.

More Synthetic Grass Maintenance reading:

The Easy Maintenance of Artificial Grass
Replacing Worn Synthetic Grass
Sand-Filled Artificial Grass Tennis Court Maintenance