Many homeowners want the luscious look of green grass in their lawns, but don’t have the time to commit to keeping it healthy. If you’re one of these homeowners, artificial turf is a great alternative to help you get the look you want. But, how much maintenance does artificial turf require? According to My Landscaper, a Denver landscaping company, here’s how you can take care of artificial turf once it’s been installed:
Keep dirt and debris off of your lawn.
If you don’t take action to remove dirt and debris once it begins to accumulate on your artificial turf, it will start to affect the way your lawn looks. How can you remove dirt? It’s recommended that you use a flexible lawn rake that will remove debris and also keep each blade of artificial grass standing upright. However, you can also use a leaf blower if you keep it on the lowest settings so it doesn’t damage the artificial turf.
Rinse it with water.
Even if you do your best to remove dirt and debris as soon as you see it begin to build up, it’s possible that you will miss a spot and be left with a small stain on your new artificial turf. Don’t panic—just grab a hose. Artificial turf should be rinsed down once in awhile to remove the dirt and debris that you missed when raking your lawn. If there’s a spot that won’t come out with just water, talk to your landscaping professional and see if you can use detergent to remove the stain.
Get rid of bad smells.
Are there dogs in your neighborhood that are urinating in your grass? This won’t affect the way your lawn looks, but it could lead to an unpleasant smell over time. If this happens to you, talk to your landscaping professional about how you can get rid of the smell. They should be able to recommend a specific cleaner that is safe for artificial turf and designed to remove odors.
Brush the blades.
Grass blades are supposed to stand up straight, but if you or your family members walk over a certain patch of your artificial turf repeatedly, it’s possible the blades could start to bend. Bent grass blades look unnatural and unappealing, so keep a stiff brush handy to remedy this problem as soon as you spot it. Don’t use a brush with metal bristles because this will most likely damage your grass. Instead, choose a brush with synthetic bristles and apply a bit of force when brushing the blades to push them back into place. This may sound tedious, but you don’t have to do this to your whole lawn. Simply look for places that seem a bit worn down from foot traffic and target these areas.
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