Although there is no real hard work involved in maintaining the pristine condition of artificial grass, there are things you can do to keep it clean, nothing that’s as vigorous as what would be required with natural turf, but just a few things to keep it nice and clean.
Leaves and other debris
As you can imagine, the wind picks up in autumn and winter, and as you’ll know the trees start shedding their leaves. This can result in a lawn full of leaves and other debris, where rubbish is blown in from other people’s gardens. If it collects it could prevent the proper drainage of fluids through the grass pile and this could lead to water logging, so if you remove the debris regularly you should haven’t to face this problem. Use a small broom with soft bristles so as not to damage the individual blades and be gentle.
Adequate drainage and brushing are more than enough
Needless to say, the fibres in your grass are really quite tough so they’re probably are going to survive winter quite well. However, a little tender loving care will help it survive even better. The two major things are drainage and snow and ice, the first we’ve already covered only to add that as long as your artificial lawn has been installed correctly and you have adequate drainage beneath, you shouldn’t really have any major problems, as long as you also follow our advice above about removing any debris.
Ice and snow
When the weather changes and it starts to freeze that’s probably the worst time for artificial grass although it doesn’t spell disaster. If it’s been snowing quite a bit there may be several layers of snow on your lawn, it’s usually best to just let it melt away, but sometimes if it’s been trodden on it then turns to ice and these layers can be dangerous for people to walk on as well as causing potential damage to the fibres resulting in them snapping off. Powdery snow can be left to melt as we’ve said, but there are some rare occasions when you can use salt, but sparingly, don’t use too much as it can impact on the drainage. So be careful with how much salt you use.
The right tools are essential
Make sure you have the right tools to help keep your artificial lawn in excellent condition. A broom with soft bristles is essential and a plastic shovel rather than a metal one, you want to be thinking about softer made tools with an artificial grass lawn because anything harder could damage the individual grass blades.
Cover your artificial lawn
Other than what we’ve discussed, there’s not much else you need to do really when it comes to your lawn. If the weather is expected to be really bad, then you could do a little more to err on the side of caution. You could shield your artificial lawn from the elements with a tarpaulin, one that’s waterproof, this will add a really strong layer of protection from the ice, snow and rain and give you some piece of mind.
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If you have any further questions about what we’ve discussed today, why not give us a call and we’ll be happy to listen and advise. And if you’re thinking of having artificial grass installed for the first time, let us know and we can talk you through your options.