When you see a sweeping green lawn, you may imagine all the work that goes into maintaining it. From watering to mowing and using the right fertilizer, grass requires a lot of attention. But with artificial turf, that vibrant green is easier to achieve, and it requires less water. In fact, it’s estimated you can save 55,000 gallons of water a year per 1,000 square feet of turf.
While artificial turf will save you time and money on watering, you can expect some care and maintenance requirements with this product. Following a few simple tasks will help ensure your turf maintains its color and feel. With that in mind, here’s how to care for your artificial turf (aka, your investment):
Tools you’ll need
Your arsenal of turf-maintenance tools is small, and you may already have what you need. Check your shed to ensure you have the following items:
- A plastic rake (do not use metal)
- A broom or power broom
- A leaf-blower (optional, but nice to have)
- A garden hose
With these tools, you can keep your turf in prime condition.
How to clean artificial turf
Because most artificial turf is installed outdoors, you have weather on your side. Rain helps wash away some debris, but you should do some additional cleaning, especially if you have pets. Revitalize the texture of your turf by doing the following tasks:
For areas of less than 1,000 square feet of turf, all you have to do is rake. Use a rake with plastic tines, as metal tines can pull the blades from your turf. Rake as you would if you were clearing leaves. This helps restore the texture of your turf and remove unwanted debris.
If you have a large amount of artificial turf (an area of 1,000 square feet or greater), consider purchasing a power broom. This tool makes sweeping easier and faster. You can use the broom to spread infill and raise the blades on your turf. Pay attention to infill levels on your lawn. As it gets washed away by rain or foot traffic, spread more.
When fall comes, you can blow away leaves using your power blower. Don’t aim the appliance directly at your turf or you could move the infill. Blow at an angle instead. A plastic rake is also ideal for leaf removal.
If you have pets, you may need to perform additional maintenance on your artificial turf. After all, your furry friend leaves behind waste that could cause odor. Always pick up solid waste and discard it in your trash bin.
Over time, liquid waste could leave a bad smell on your turf. While the material itself does not hold odor, the infill may. Prevent bad smells by using infill specially formulated for pets. It helps neutralize odors to leave your turf smelling fresh. You can also spot clean areas affected by solid waste with a disinfecting wipe.
Additionally, you should hose down your lawn periodically. Use a garden hose to dampen the turf. Then, spray a mixture of one part white vinegar and three parts water to neutralize ammonia. Rinse the area again and let dry.
From replacing infill to fluffing the blades to cleaning up after man’s best friend, artificial turf is easy to maintain.
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