Artificial Grass Aftercare
While artificial grass doesn’t require regular mowing or watering, there are still steps to take to keep it looking as good as new. In this guide we’ll give you all the information you need to help your new artificial lawn last as long as possible.
A little goes a long way, so carrying out small tasks like brushing and weeding once a month will save you a lot of time at the end of the year.
When artificial lawns are newly laid, some have a sand infill that slowly settles and can prolong the life of your lawn and improve its look and the way it performs. For the first few weeks after the artificial grass is installed we would recommend trying to stay off it for as long as possible to allow it to settle naturally. After this, the lawn will only require some maintenance by brushing with a stiff, natural bristle broom.
When you brush your lawn, be sure you brush it in different directions, so you keep the pile fluffy and natural looking. A stiff, natural-bristle brush which will be gentle but effective on your artificial grass. Although brushing might seem like light work, it will make a noticeable difference to the appearance and condition of your lawn.
Areas of higher foot traffic may require brushing more regularly to prevent blades from looking flattened or trampled - we also advise moving items like furniture and play equipment regularly to avoid flat patches.
Artificial grass lawns have a membrane backing that is designed to allow water to run through, while minimising the risk of unwanted plants and weeds growing through.
However, the stubbornness of certain weeds and mosses means that the odd one may come through anyway, so it is best to be prepared and know how to tackle weeds and moss should they appear.
Unlike when you weed natural grass, you can't dig through artificial grass with a trowel or fork. Instead, you can either take off the tops of weeds when they show through the grass, but without removing the roots they will come back. Or you could use a moss or weed killer but if you do, make sure it is suitable for use on artificial grass. Once the moss and weeds are dead, you can simply remove them by hand or brush them off.
Cleaning and seasonal maintenance
Over time, dirt and grime will build up on artificial grass, however most of these stains can be removed with hot soapy water, while oily stains can be tackled with mineral spirits – always check the label to ensure it is suitable for use with artificial grass, and always test first on a small hidden piece.
Pets will likely treat artificial grass like the real thing, so if they make a mess on it then remove any solids as quickly as possible, hose away liquids and clean the area with hot soapy water.
In the dry summer months, brushing your artificial grass is nice and easy, however in the winter when snow and ice builds up, this should be left to melt naturally as trying to force it off can damage the grass pile.
Just get in touch
We hope that your new artificial grass will bring you many years of enjoyment, however if there is ever anything you are unsure about don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.
You can contact us by calling 01467 622555 or send us a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.