Having your garden landscaped with synthetic turf is an investment that can keep your garden looking its best. Your grass will have a uniform appearance and you won't have to mow it every week during the summer months, but synthetic turf does require some basic care and maintenance if it's to last as long as it is designed to. Here are a few tips for prolonging the life of your synthetic turf:
Remove Debris Regularly
If left to build up, falling leaves and litter can trap moisture just under your turf, and inefficient drainage can encourage the growth of moss and weeds. Remove debris at least every couple of weeks by sweeping it off your turf. Sweeping will also ensure your grass blades remain upright, but you must use a brush with soft bristles as hard bristles can tear the lining of your turf.
Know How To Remove Common Stains
Spilling certain household products on your turf can cause staining to occur, but you can damage your turf if you don't know how to remove the stains safely. Water-based stains, such as milk, alcohol and coffee, can be removed with warm soapy water and a soft cloth. Any products spilled on your turf that have an oil or chemical base, such as cooking oil and suntan cream, should be removed with mineral spirits. Once you've removed a stain from your turf, rinse it down with warm water to remove any cleaning product residue. It's a good idea to inspect your turf for stains after hosting a barbecue or any other social gathering, particularly if the kiddos have been running around with food in their hands.
Keep Weeds At Bay
Synthetic turf does a good job of preventing weeds sprouting up, but these tenacious pests can sometimes pop up nevertheless. Your best defence against weeds is to pre-emptively treat your turf with weed killer a couple of times a year. This is a quick and easy maintenance task that can save you the hassle of getting rid of weeds further down the line, but you need to use a weed killer that's suitable for synthetic turf. Opt for a water-based product as those containing nitrogen, sulphur or chlorine can degrade the turf over time.
These three tips will help you keep your lawn in tip-top condition with a minimal investment of time. Without the need to mow, aerate or fertilise your lawn, you get to spend more time actually using and enjoying it.