Happy owners of suburban property know firsthand how difficult it is to keep the lawn in front of the house in perfect condition. And this is understandable: after all, a beautiful well-groomed area, in fact, the face of its owner.
In an effort to make life easier, many today opt for artificial turf, which has many advantages. It does not require feeding, regular mowing, and special care.
You only need to maintain cleanliness, and how to do it – now tell.
How to care for artificial turf?
The care of artificial turf is not difficult, but there are some points to which you need to pay attention.
If the backfill of quartz sand and rubber granulate was used when laying the surface, then the care of it will be as follows:
- Keep an eye on the level of the backfill. To do this, have backfill material in stock and add to those areas where its level is below the manufacturer’s recommended level, if necessary. Backfill bags should be tightly sealed during storage.
- Periodically (approximately every 30 hours of heavy use) it is necessary to decompact the backfill and comb the lawn to raise the pile. You can do this with an artificial grass rake and a trowel, but it is better to do it with specialized equipment.
- The lawn edges should be cleaned of soil and weeded.
- Leaves and debris should be removed from the artificial lawn on a regular basis. That said.
- Sharp objects such as stones or broken glass should be removed immediately.
- If the artificial turf is not backfilled, it is even easier to care for. It consists of cleaning the lawn of large debris and washing it periodically with water.
How to clean artificial grass
How to clean an artificial lawn? To do this, the usual household tools will do: a rake, broom, trowel. It is not bad if it is possible to use a blower or vacuum cleaner (on a non-filled lawn) and a hose with running water. There are even special nozzles on the hose, designed for washing lawns.
For minor dirt, artificial turf can be washed with plain water. Trash and fallen leaves in the fall are removed with a special rake. For small debris, you can use a vacuum cleaner, but only in those cases where the coverage is not covered with filler, quartz sand, or rubber granules.
If the area is filled with filler, you need to make sure there is enough filler. Also, to avoid caking of the filler and to ensure its uniformity, once a year, it is desirable to move the pavement, refill the filler and carefully smooth it out. The nap should be combed with a special brush in different directions so that it has an attractive appearance.
Despite the apparent complexity of care manipulations, they do not give much trouble and should be performed 2-3 times a month.
How to take care of sports grass
Artificial turf for sports requires more thorough care because it depends not only on the appearance of the surface but also on its practical functions – quality cushioning, protection from injury, the comfort of movement. Before you clean artificial grass it is necessary to make sure that it is technically sound, i.e. there are no damages. All irregularities should be eliminated before cleaning.
Artificial turf cleaning of large areas – public sports fields, courts, stadiums – should be entrusted to professionals. First of all, it will save a lot of time and effort, and secondly, it will give a better result. Professional cleaning is made with the help of special equipment. The surface is inspected for damage to its integrity, and if there is a need, local damage is repaired. Then the removal of weeds and debris is carried out. Fill is sifted, preventing its compaction and, if necessary, the additional amount is added.
Removing Sweat and Stains
Most liquid stains are perfectly removable with paper towels. When removing stains, do not rub the liquid into the coating, but rather blot it gently. The sooner the stain is removed, the easier it will be.
If paper towels do not cope with the task, you will have to use heavy artillery. A granular detergent will help remove difficult stains. To do this, a teaspoon of dry pellets should be mixed with 0.5 liters of water.
A sponge or cloth should be moistened with the solution obtained and the detergent should be gently rubbed into the stain until it disappears. The remainder of the detergent should be washed off with a hose of water.
Stubborn stains are quickly removed by wiping with a soft cloth soaked in white spirit. It’s important that the chemical doesn’t get under the base of the lawn, as this can damage the surface.
Artificial grass maintenance equipment
Not only natural grass but also artificial grass needs to be maintained. Any synthetic lawn owner should know how to care for and with what to ensure its attractive appearance. For this you will need:
- Brush of a triangular shape for cleaning the lawn, cleaning from its surface a variety of debris;
- Special extended rake for combing the pile and leveling the surface of the filler;
- Blower, with which you can quickly get rid of debris with little weight;
- A vacuum cleaner which can be used to clean debris and aggregate from the pavement or parts of it;
- Specialized equipment with functional nozzles for backfilling, removing filler, removing debris, combing the surface of the coverage and solving other problems.
Turf operation in winter
Artificial turf is not afraid of snow and ice, but if you often walk on the snow-covered artificial turf, ice crust is formed on it.
You should not remove ice by mechanical means, as this will damage the polymer grass.
It is better to wait for the ice and snow to melt naturally. Salt should not be sprinkled on icy areas. Salt can damage the base of the artificial turf and interfere with moisture drainage.
And one more tip. If weeds start to sprout through the artificial turf, you will have to treat it with herbicides compatible with synthetic grass. By the way, organic debris is removed from the artificial lawn just as it is from the natural one.
What should be avoided when operating a lawn?
Despite the reliability and good performance of artificial lawns, it is undesirable to drive over them with a car or other equipment, especially heavy.
When cleaning the lawn, especially from snow and ice, you need to be careful to avoid mechanical damage.
Aggressive lawn care chemicals should not be used. At the very least, before using them, you should check in a small, inconspicuous area to see whether the artificial turf can be damaged by them.
Never build a fire on or near artificial grass. It is advisable to walk on artificial turf in shoes without sharp high heels, preferably in sports shoes.