For the first 6-8 weeks after your artificial lawn has been installed, the sand used as infill will slowly bed in to the structure of the turf. For these 6-8 weeks you should lightly brush the artificial grass on a regular basis. This is an important step, and the light brushing will help the turf to reach its optimum condition. However, you should be careful during this period to not brush too heavily. Just light brushing regularly for this bedding in period.
Throughout the rest of your artificial lawn’s life, the most important maintenance you’ll need to do is brushing your lawn. Brushing should be done once every month, in a number of directions to help keep turf pile upright. The fibres should feel lush, and bouncy.
We recommend you use a medium soft bristle brush for this job. It’s a simple and light job, but you will really notice the benefits to your lawn. After installation, we will give you a very detailed demonstration of the aftercare of artificial grass, and this article is just meant for reference, and to assure you that your artificial lawn will never be a hard and time-consuming job.
If you are interested in a completely hassle-free experience then you may be interested in the maintenance service plan provided by Phoenix Lawns. You may want to choose this option if you have a large lawn, or just really don’t like gardening! If you’re interested in the hassle-free option of maintenance, or have any other questions about maintaining your lawn, please feel free to ask us – you can call us or fill in the form on our website here.
Removing Surface Debris and Vegetation
With an artificial lawn, there will be an absolute minimum amount of growth of unwanted plants. Though weeds and moss are pesky plants, and may creep up. You can use a moss and weed killer on your artificial lawn, however it must be a water-based weed killer.
After the moss and weeds have died, you can just remove them, or sweep them off in the case of moss. Surface debris such as fallen leaves should be removed to prevent the buildup of organic matter in the turf structure, which can encourage weed growth, and damage the drainage of your lawn. This is easily done either with your brush, or a leaf blower.
Stains And Marks
You can quickly remove most stains or marks on your lawn by using hot tap water if some washing-up liquid mixed in.
For more tough oil marks, you can easily remove them using mineral spirits and a cloth. Animal mess should be removed from your lawn, and you can wash the area down with water if needed.
What Not To Do
Here are four things that are very bad for your artificial grass, and should never be allowed on your lawn:
No broken glass or other sharp objects. Not only could they cause injury to you or others, but they can damage the surface of your grass too.
No sources of great heat – smoking, bonfires, or fireworks. Your artificial grass is plastic, and the pile surface can melt, leaving permanent damage to your lawn. It is safest to use your barbecue on an area with patio stones, or gravel. Please ask us about your barbecue when you contact us.
No chewing gum, or adhesives.
No cars, motorbikes, or other heavy vehicles. Although bicycles, wheelbarrows and wheelchairs are all absolutely fine to use on our artificial lawns.