How to Maintain Artificial Grass

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Artificial grass is a common substitute for places where real grass does not grow well. Otherwise called turf, this grass is more resistant to harsh weather conditions and repeated abuse. Turf, or artificial grass, is used in residential applications, like yards, but also in commercial applications, like football fields. If you learn how to properly maintain your artificial grass, you can avoid having to replace chunks of it at a time. Maintaining your artificial grass is very similar to maintaining regular grass.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake and/or leaf blower Stiff broom or wide bristle hair brush Water hose with adjustable spray nozzle Pesticide Weed control spray
  • Purchase any supplies and treatments that you may not already have, like the weed spray and the pesticide. You can find a comparison of different treatments at the website under the additional resources. Always make sure that the products you purchase are safe for artificial grass.

  • Clean your yard regularly using the rake and/ or leaf blower to remove rotting debris, such as leaves and sticks. This rotten material can hurt the artificial grass. The raking will help keep your artificial grass well-groomed.

  • Water your artificial grass frequently, and more often during dry and hot seasons. Make sure that you use the water spray nozzle on a gentle setting, like the shower setting. This will help keep the infill in place under the artificial grass. Watering your grass regularly will also help prevent damage from dirt and pollen.

  • Use the pesticide treatment during the normal seasons to keep pests from damaging the artificial grass and infill. The typical season starts around the beginning of May and usually ends around the middle of October. It depends on the region where you live and the climate you experience.

  • Use the weed control treatment on an as-needed basis. Crab grass can grow in almost any condition and can really damage your artificial grass if left untreated.

  • Use the stiff broom or wide bristle hair brush to redistribute any infill that has washed out after heavy rains. Make sure that you are adding some of the displaced infill to the spaces between the turf blades as well.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always dilute your treatments slightly to avoid overtreating the artificial grass. Additionally, you should spray your grass before you apply the treatments, and rinse it again once a few minutes have passed since the application. These chemicals can burn up your artificial grass and create dead spots if they are too concentrated.

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