Simple Maintenance for Artificial Turf
Sure, there’s way less maintenance involved when installing artificial turf. No more mowing the lawn, fertilizing, constantly watering it and pulling out tons of weeds, but that doesn’t mean there’s absolutely no maintenance required. If you don’t do the easy, simple maintenance for artificial turf, your turf could wear out faster and look worse than it should for its life span. Of course you don’t have to do any maintenance on your artificial turf if you don’t want to, but then you might regret it later down the road because it won’t look as good as it did when it was first installed or it may begin to smell bad if you have pets if you don’t do the little maintenance that it does require. Here’s how to maintain your new artificial turf to keep it lasting as long as possible:
1. Clean up After Your Pets
A Pet Turf product is great for drainage and an antimicrobial infill is great for odor, but that alone won’t be able to solve all your problems and do all the work when it comes to pets using artificial turf for restroom purposes. It still needs your help in order to work properly.
We suggest picking up any feces as soon as possible and scrubbing away any residue left over with a broom and soap water. In order to let everything fully drain through to the base underneath the turf, we suggest watering down the lawn with a hose 1-2 times a month. Watering down the turf also helps with odors since the urine will be able to fully wash through the turf. This will also help wash away any dust and debris on the turf to keep it clean.
2. Fluff up Your Turf
The artificial blades will naturally begin to lay flat over time, especially in high traffic areas or areas in which heavy objects are constantly placed on it. Fluffing up your turf is easy to do. We suggest using a soft bristle broom or leaf rake to brush over the turf. Brushing the turf up with a broom will help keep its resilience and will keep those blades standing up. A matted down artificial turf lawn never looks realistic.
3. Pull Weeds
Although artificial turf helps prevent weeds from popping up through your lawn, it can’t help the weeds that land on top of your turf. When weed seeds blow in the wind and land on top of your turf or around the edges, the seed will begin to take root in the turf. If not pulled in time, the weeds could get worse and start growing down into the turf or could begin to lift and shift your turf if it’s around the edges.
It’s important to pull these weeds as soon as possible. They are easy to simply pull out with your hands, or you can use a weed killer on them as well if they’ve been there for too long.
4. Scrub off Stains and Hard Water Stains
If anything gets on the turf that could potentially stain or ruin it, it’s important to clean it up right away. First try scrubbing it off with a broom and soap water. If that doesn’t work, ask your salesperson for their advice on what to use to help clean it before it stains.
Some water in cities like San Diego can be really harsh. This harsh water can cause little white spots called hard water stains on your turf just like on glass. If you experience overspray from a neighbor or one of your irrigation lines, it’s important to clean off any hard water stains that may occur on the turf as soon as possible. The longer you wait to scrub off the hard water stains, the harder it will be to get off. We just use CLR to scrub off hard water stains.
Doing the simple maintenance for artificial turf can keep it looking better for a longer time. You spent a lot of money on installing artificial turf, so don’t ruin it. Keep it lasting for 20+ years by taking care of it, so you don’t have to replace it again. That’s the whole purpose of it, isn’t it? Unlike with real grass, you have the control and power to keep that lawn looking great for as long as possible before having to replace it! To get a free estimate, contact us at 877-405-5296 today!