Maintaining and taking care of your synthetic grass
Whilst it is true that synthetic grass does not require the level of maintenance that the real thing does, there is still a duty of care to make sure your synthetic grass lasts for a long time. We’ve covered many of these before in regards to removing organic debris or oil and grease spills, of which have been more orientated towards the aesthetic look. In this article, we’re going to be providing you with a few key pointers in relation to maintaining its performance and durability.
Many of these points will be in relation to its softness, its reliability to remain upright in all conditions, as well as making sure that the surface does not become damaged. These are very important factors, and very common mistakes that many make in relation to caring for their lawn, all of which are largely avoidable.
Using a broom to keep the grass upright
We wrote an article not too long ago illustrating to effectively restore the look of flat synthetic grass back to normal. However, there are ways to make sure that this never becomes the case. One of these is using a conventional, household broom to gently contour the grass to promote its rigidity and uprightness. We’d recommend using the broom in multiple directions so as to make the synthetic grass look more natural.
Whatever you do, however, do not use a broom that has hard or metal bristles. This is a very common mistake, and only ever ends up with the fibres either being sliced irregularly, or them being ripped out completely from the underlay.
Take care if you live in a dusty area
Those that live in regional Victoria will be able to attest to how dusty it can get at times, especially over the summer period when the winds are high. Dust or dirt, especially in humid conditions, can cling onto the synthetic grass fibres. Whilst this isn’t a major concern, if left untreated, the dust and dirt will harden over time, bogging the fibres down, and creating that flat, rough feeling under foot.
If this is something you expect to have to deal with at some point, a very quick and simple hose down will suffice in removing the dust and dirt. You may want to also go over the synthetic grass with a broom to make sure that there aren’t any dirt buildups at all.
Remove any breakouts of organic matter straight away
Worried about something abnormal beginning to grow in your synthetic grass surface? One major concern, especially for those with older variants of the surface, is the onset of weeds from not having removed natural debris quick enough. These weeds can split open the underlay over time, and whilst they won’t largely affect the look of synthetic grass once removed, they can inhibit its drainage performance or make the area susceptible to tearing.
Any weeds that you come across can be easily removed by using one of the many leading weed killers available on the market, however they must be done immediately. Prevention is always better than treatment, and those who live in more bushy or woodland areas will need to be more diligent in removing any natural debris that falls on the synthetic grass.