August 08, 2022

WORK LESS, PLAY MORE

Artificial grass will transform the way you clean your property. Its low upkeep will allow you to forget the pain of fertilizing, mowing, and watering. Instead, you’ll be able to concentrate on other projects rather than keepin up the grass.

While you save countless hours working on your grass, that doesn’t mean synthetic turf is totally maintenance-free. To keep your artificial turf looking great, follow the directions provided.

 

SMALL CONSISTENT EFFORTS

How often you maintain your synthetic turf will rely on its use. Is it a putting green kept isolated from trees? Do you have young kids playing on your lawn? Do you have trees or plants on the property that will drop leaves and other debris onto it?

If your artificial turf is in an isolated part of the property, away from trees, plants, pets and children, you may have your work cut out when it comes to regular maintenance. Obviously, this also varies from season to season and relies on your geographical location. So, in short it really depends, but will eventually need some maintenance.

Here are some general guidelines we suggest.

 

HOW TO DEAL WITH LOOSE DEBRIS

Loose debris like leaves or sticks can start to fall down on the turf surface and cause premature wear and tear. Larger limbs can even pierce the grass. Start by eliminating things like children’s or pet toys and other larger objects that are simple to remove by hand. Then you can make use of a leaf blower to eliminate any leaves and twigs. We recommend you blow all small debris using a leaf blower to one edge of your grass so you can collect for easier removal.

 

HOW TO DEAL WITH STICKY STUFF?

If you’ve discover chewing gum, paint, crayons, lipstick, or tree sap on your turf, you can initiate by trying to gently scrape the object off the turf with a wire brush. Just be very careful that you don’t accidentally cut off the turf blades you are cleaning because it can produce bald spots. Start from the base of the turf blade and brush the fibers in every directions. If the sticky object don’t come off, try freezing them with ice to solidify them before trying to them off again. You can also use mineral spirits and brush the fiber with a rag by soaking the rag with the Mineral Spirits.

 

DISPOSING OF PET WASTE

If you have pets, you know your grass is their restroom. A huge number of pet owners are concerned that synthetic turf won’t work with their pets, but that’s false! If you have pets, we recommend you acquire pet-specific systems by SWG.. Despite that, cleanup is still easy even if you get regular artificial grass. For example, when Fido uses the yard as his bathroom, you just allow the solid waste to dry before removing it, then wash the surface with water utilizing the garden hose and spray nozzle (never using the jet setting). Urine will drain through similar to any other liquid, you can also cleanse these areas with water. Furthermore, you won’t see any more dead spots from their favorite bathroom area. Check out this article to see some of the most frequent questions regarding artificial grass for dogs.

 

WHAT TO DO WITH LIGHT SPOTS

Let’s face it — in life it can get messy at times. Sometimes that mess may happen on your artificial grass. Barbecue sauce might find its way to your turf, or your kid might drop a soda can… you know how it goes. But washing simple stains like soda, alcohol, coffee, tea, urine, blood and other ordinary liquids are easy.

  1. Clean spills as soon as possible so they don’t leave a long-lasting stain. Blot the spilled liquid with a cloth, paper, or shop towels to start.
  2. Next, rinse the area with a mixture of water and mild household detergent like dish soap.
  3. Clean properly with your hose to eliminate the soap.
  4. If the stain is still there, you can recur the procedure once or twice more.
 

CLEANING TOUGH STAINS

If you’ve had a spill of something like motor oil, grease, ink, cooking oil, or even melted crayons, you understand how hard it can be to remove. You should be careful utilizing any of these near your artificial turf, but if a spill happens, here’s what to do.

  1. Wear safety clothing and gear like heavy overshirts, pants, and gloves to avoid skin damage. You should consider a respirator to prevent toxic fumes, too.
  2. After you have safety gear on, begin with dipping a soft cloth in mineral spirits.
  3. Gently wipe off the dirty blades of synthetic grass with the rag. You must guarantee the solution doesn’t seep past the grass blades because it can cause serious damage to your turf’s backing system.
  4. Gently rinse the area with a hose and blot up any left over liquid with cloth towels, paper towels, or shop towels.
  5. If the stain remains, let it dry for a day before trying again with mineral spirits.

PREVENTING DAMAGE

The majority of stains can be eliminated from your turf, but some objects may permanently damage the turf that you should take great care to avoid. Here are the big ones that can be the most problematic.

 

NO OPEN FIRES

Open fires and synthetic turf do not go well together. While you don’t have to bother about your yard going up in flames, the smallest spark or ember can cause your grass to melt. If you want a fire feature on your lawn, you should think about adding a gravel area or stone patio to build a fire break for a fit pit. Do not light fireworks or use anything else that could cause fire damage on your synthetic turf.

 

BE CAREFUL WITH CHEMICALS

Pesticides and herbicides can react negatively with your artificial turf, so be especially vigilant when using harsh chemicals near the turf. These chemicals can leave patches of the turf that look burnt or even change color from the reaction. In addition, gasoline and any vehicle fluids should not be kept near your artificial turf. If you need to use chemicals or paint nearby the surface, we strongly suggest you put down some heavy-duty protective cover before starting these projects.

 

DON’T DRIVE ON IT

Artificial turf can endure heavy foot traffic, but driving on it with a vehicle is not recommended. Due to the twisting motion of the tires, it can wreack havoc to the fibers and infill. Driving on it will make the fibers pull away from the backing material and lead to damage over time. Too much weight can cause the grass to flatten and cause ruts that will need you to resurface the turf.

 

USE SHARP ITEMS WITH CARE

Sharp items can cut or tear your synthetic turf. The sharper the item is, the worse the damage will be. Be careful with sharp-edged gardening tools, sharp furniture feet, and ordinary tools. If you are thinking about patio furniture on your synthetic turf, you should consider utilizing furniture feet covers or installing a patio area for the furniture.

 

ROUTINE CARE

The majority of Houston homeowners don’t have to spend much time on the maintenance of their artificial turf. Still, you should consider implementing a schedule cleaning schedule to keep your grass looking its best. You should eliminate loose debris, clean up spills as they happen, and give the surface a quick wash if you haven’t gotten precipitation lately or live in a drought-prone area. Here is a basic 4-step process you can follow for regular care.

Step 1: Remove debris from the surface frequently, more so after windy or stormy weather.

Step 2: Rinse regularly with a hose. Cold, clean water will make sure to get rid of any dust or pollen. This step can often be omitted if you live in an area with lots of precipitation.

Step 3: Brush the turf opposing grain or pile direction to perk it back up. Cross brushing opposing the grain will also prevent the fibers from matting.

Step 4: Let dry for a minimum o 30 minutes before resuming normal activities.

Extra Credit: If it’s been a year after your installation, you should think about having your turf professionally groomed, cleaned and infill levels verified by Southwest Greens of Houston.


MOSS MOLD AND MILDEW

If you have standing water on your synthetic surface, moss, mold and mildew can grow. These normally look like black spots or dark areas on your synthetic turf. This should be professionally removed by a SWG location nearest you.

Here is an equipment list that will assist you finish these steps easily.

 

EQUIPMENT LIST

  1. Garden Hose: Useful for rinsing the lawn when the weather is dry and dust or dirt collects on the synthetic turf.
  2. Leaf Blower: A leaf blower will help remove small debris more effortlessly. One that has a suction option is helpful, so you can use it like a vacuum cleaner also.
  3. Stiff Bristle Push Broom: You should definitely prevent metal rakes cause they will cause damage to the grass. Stiff Concrete push brooms are best to help make the synthetic turf look its best.

PERFECT ALL YEAR

Synthetic grass is a great choice for Houston homeowners and commercial property managers alike. We hope this maintenance guide will help you maintain your artificial grass.

If you haven't installed artificial turf for your yard or putting greens yet, connect with us today for a free consultation.