Artificial grass is extremely hardwearing. While natural grass quickly loses its appeal after heavy rainfall, a dry spell in summer or a playful dog’s digging adventure, artificial grass emerges from those risky situations like a champ. But it’s not indestructible, either. If you want to keep it intact and in great shape for as long as possible, these are the 5 things you should keep in mind.
1. Keep fire away from your artificial grass
A grilling area or fire pit is a great addition to any garden. We can’t argue with that. But if you have artificial grass installed, it’s a bad idea to locate one of these sizzling summer items in the middle of your lawn. Hot embers and ashes can fall on the turf, which will cause the plastic fibres and threads to melt.
To avoid damage to your artificial grass, place your barbecue or fire pit a safe distance away and on a stable surface such as your patio or terrace. Also, don’t smoke near your synthetic lawn, as a burning cigarette or even its hot ashes falling on the grass could lead to melting as well.
2. Watch out with chemical products
“Wait – why would I need chemicals if I have artificial grass?” A synthetic lawn doesn’t require lawn care products such as fertilisers and pesticides, but other plants in your garden may still need them. These products can contain a number of chemicals that may be caustic for your grass.
So, be careful when you’re spraying your flower beds, shrubs and hedges. Remove any spills immediately by cleaning your artificial grass with a damp cloth and a mild cleaning product.
3. Steer clear from artificial grass with sharp objects
Another cautionary tale: avoid dropping gardening tools with sharp edges. These might penetrate the backing or tear your artificial turf.
Lay your tools down carefully, with their sharp ends pointing upward. But make sure you don’t step on them if you do!
4. Cover your turf when you’re painting
If you’re anything like us, paint splatters can be found in a 10-metre radius around the fence, deck or garden chair after you’ve finished your painting project. Your artificial grass might look extra cheerful with a dash of blue or yellow on it, but we bet you won’t be cheering once you find out the stains are there to stay.
Try to keep the mess to a minimum – or, go for the safer option: cover your artificial turf with a large plastic sheet or towel. If some daredevil drops still manage to get on your grass, rinse them away before they dry. If it’s water-based or acrylic paint, no problem. If it’s oil-based paint, it’s probably not going to be your lucky day.
5. Choose the right type of artificial grass for your application
Another main reason why artificial grass may get damaged is that the type of grass you’ve selected simply isn’t the right one for the way you’re using it. There are multiple kinds of synthetic turf on the market, all manufactured for specific applications – from gardens, padel and football courts to indoor use.
If you’re not sure which product is best for your project, our Turfgrass experts will gladly help you out. By selecting artificial grass that suits your needs and wishes, you’ll be sure to enjoy your evergreen lawn for many years to come… As long as you take into account the four previous tips too, that is!