Just installed an artificial lawn ready for summer? Here’s how to take care of it
‘Tis (almost) the season!
You heard us right.
Summer barbecues and late-night garden gatherings are right around the corner, and now is the perfect time to get your backyard bar back up and running in time for the festivities.
Your garden may be looking a little worse for wear, especially after the long winter we’ve just endured. And you’re probably looking for ways you can show it some love.
Artificial grass is one of the best ways to spruce things up and is ideal if you’re sick of mowing the lawn every few weeks but don’t want to give up the natural grass look.
However, just because they don’t require the same maintenance as natural lawns do, isn’t to say that they don’t require any maintenance at all.
So, how exactly do you take care of artificial grass?
Regularly remove leaves and debris
If your garden is surrounded by trees and other greenery, then chances are your lawn is covered with fallen leaves and other debris.
With a plastic rake, stiff broom or, for the best results, a leaf blower to remove everything, and, to limit the number of leaves falling onto your lawn, trim back any bordering hedges and overhanging trees to keep your artificial grass pristine at all times.
Make sure to clean up your pet’s mess
If you’re a pet owner, it’s important to make sure that you’re cleaning up all its mess.
If left unattended, it has the potential to stain your artificial lawn – which, as you can imagine, doesn’t look great.
The easiest way to clean it is, simply, to pick the mess up as usual, and flush out the remnants with a blast of water from the garden hose.
Use weed killer
Although artificial grass has a higher resistance to weeds than natural turf, they can still grow and push through the small holes in the backing.
Applying a weed killer, twice a year at most, will prevent weed growth, and no longer will you have to sit and pluck all of the unsightly weeds from your lawn.
If you do notice weeds making an appearance, you can pull them out by hand as normal, or spray them down with your weed killer and rake them off gently. But remember, the longer you wait to remove them, the harder it will be to do so.
Invest in a high-quality underlay
Underlay for artificial grass isn’t absolutely essential, but it has a huge impact on how your lawn looks, feels and wears, and can even help you save money in the long run.
In addition to this, installing a high-quality underlay will provide a much softer, bouncier surface – making it perfect for walking, running or enjoying a bit of playtime with the kids.
At British Flooring, we stock two different kinds of artificial turf underlays, Including the SoftTurf Artificial Grass Shock Pad Underlay, which makes the perfect plus one for your new faux grass!
Avoid using heat sources directly on the lawn
Barbecues. Fire pits. Chimineas.
All summer garden essentials, but all things you should keep away from your artificial lawn.
Due to the intense heat they generate, they can very easily burn synthetic grass, so it’s best to reserve burger flipping and campfire conversations for up on the patio.
Get your garden summer ready with artificial lawn from British Flooring
Artificial grass is one of the best ways to freshen up your garden in time for the summer, and if taken good care of, it could last you many more summers to come.
For more expert maintenance tips, or to find out more about our range of artificial turf underlays, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.