10 ways to look after your artificial grass

Artificial grass maintenance tipsIf you have already chosen Cheshire Artificial Grass for your lawn, we have no doubt you will be more than happy with the results.  Even now, you will very probably be reclining on your perfect surface and looking forward to a long summer spent in the great outdoors.

Of course there is very little you need to do with an artificial lawn.  Having said that, there are some small steps you can take to keep the lawn looking pristine throughout the year, long after everyone else’s have deteriorated into swamps.

To help you along the way, here’s a 10-point plan to caring for your Cheshire Artificial Grass lawn:

1) It sounds crazy, but sometimes these things need spelling out – don’t ride cars or motorbikes over the lawn.  Wheelchairs and wheelbarrows and such like are fine… just not the neighbour’s Harley Davidson!

2) Be careful with chewing gum, and be sure to mention that to any Scouts doing work for you during bob-a-job week.

3) As with lawns in general, clear away any sharp objects such as broken glass, which can tear into the artificial surface and damage it.

Take care with flames

4) Fire.  This one may not be so obvious if your previous lawn was natural grass but bonfires, cigarette ash – even fireworks – can damage the surface, so keep well away.

5) Likewise with BBQs… keep them safely on patio surfaces.

6) If you do get such marks on your lawn, work quickly to remove them.  Use washing-up liquid dissolved into warm water to create a soapy mixture, with which to clean.  Mineral spirits might be used for more stubborn stains.

7) You will get very few issues with weeds with an artificial lawn, but persistent ones may poke through.  Make sure, therefore, that you always keep your lawn free of weeds and surface debris, such as fallen leaves, which can mulch down and lead to the build up of organic material within the lawn, thereby affecting drainage.  Rotten leaves can also assist weed growth, so make sure all weeds are removed with a water-based weed treatment.

8) Many owners of artificial grass have pets – its the ideal garden solution for animals. However, ensure you always clear up animal excrement, which might also stain the lawn.  Wash it down afterwards to dilute it further.

9) Lightly brush the lawn, as you would your own hair after a visit to the hairdressers… although in this case, with a medium soft bristle brush.  In the first two months this should be done quite regularly, as the lawn beds in and settles.  After that it should be brushed once a month, in all directions, to ensure that the turf is lush and bouncy, whilst also encouraging it to stand upright.  You can also help the process by infilling with kiln-dried sand.

10) Artificial grass is great for football and loads of other games. If the artificial surface is for sports use, regularly hose it down to stop the impact of sweat, skin… even blood, of those sports people playing on the surface.

It’s a case of little… but often.  Take these few simple steps and you will really see the benefit of your care and maintenance, ensuring the lawn shines all through the year!