By now, everyone knows that synthetic turf is a great low maintenance alternative to natural grass. It is also outstanding for use in hot climates due to the water saved by ditching your lawn. Artificial turf can be used in a variety of ways, from sporting venues to landscaping amenities. Before you have a new turf installed, here are a few things you should know.
Artificial Turf Is Almost Maintenance Free
It is close, but installing artificial grass in your backyard area will not guarantee never having to do maintenance again. Even with artificial surfaces, some routine maintenance must be done to keep your grass looking good and lasting for years.
Most artificial turf owners have found that a simple monthly routine keeps their grass looking as fresh as the day it was installed. While important to preserving the condition of the turf, the amount of effort required is far less than a traditional lawn.
Weeds Grow on Artificial Lawns
It seems impossible but weeds can grow in an artificial lawn if it is not kept well. Small cracks in the substrate may collect organic materials including seeds and sprout weeds when the weather is favorable. Much like the plants growing in the cracks of a sidewalk, these weeds are shallow rooted and easy to pull. If you regularly weed you can keep the lawn clear without spending more than a few minutes each month, much less time than weeding a traditional lawn would take. Depending on the manufacturer, some turfs are unharmed with certain pre emergent sprays to control weeds before they take root. Definitely be careful, however, to make sure your choice of weed killer does not destroy your synthetic lawn.
Cleaning Makes the Turf Look Better and Last longer
As with any outdoor area, a synthetic grass lawn collects all kinds of organic materials during the course of a windy day. This material eventually breaks down and filters through the blades. To keep your turf looking like new, regularly rake or blow off the surface to get rid of the organic material weighing it down. If the grass is not cleaned, the blades will eventually fill up with debris and no longer look or feel as natural as they do when new.
Once the debris is gone, washing the turf occasionally is necessary. Using an enzyme-based cleanser will leave your synthetic grass looking brand new. Again, check with your manufacturer before applying chemicals to your turf.
With excessive foot traffic, a synthetic lawn may eventually look a little flat. This is why grooming should be part of monthly maintenance. By grooming, the blades are woken up and once again look like real grass blowing in the wind.
Artificial Turf Absorbs Heat
Choose your substrate and infill wisely as artificial turf will absorb heat. The darkest colors are the worst. The good news is that artificial products can be shaded, unlike natural grass. Shade sails and pergolas can be utilized to provide some relief from the heat. Too much exposure to high temperature can shorten the lifespan of some products so take care to choose the highest heat rated product available if installing turf in a hot location.
Turf Eventually Wears Out
Like everything else, artificial lawns have a life expectancy. Eventually, they will fail but not before making your money back on cost savings associated by not having a real grass lawn. Many turfs pay for themselves this way in just a few years.
Synthetic Grass is not perfect, but it is a lot more maintenance free than a natural lawn, and more versatile. With a monthly maintenance schedule, artificial grass products will maintain their good condition and have an extended life. For only an hour or so each month, it seems like a good investment to make sure the turf is cleaned and groomed. With a little work, you can keep your grass looking great for years to come.
General Grooming Tips, ASGI.com