Artificial Turf Maintenance

Artificial turf maintenanceArtificial turf maintenance is quick, easy and low cost. If you are considering having Southern Turf Co. install artificial turf at your home or business, you may already know the incredible benefits it offers, such as a year-round beautiful appearance, conservation of water, lower maintenance and water bills, and eliminating the need for pesticides and fertilizers. More and more homeowners and business owners are choosing artificial turf for their space because it requires so much less maintenance than real grass. Southern Turf Co. offers a wide array of options for low-maintenance residential turf and commercial turf installation. 

Here are a few things to keep in mind to prolong the appearance and life of artificial grass:

Weeds: While it’s uncommon for weeds to grow through artificial turf because of the weed barrier, base material, and backing of artificial turf, it could still occur. In these rare cases, we recommend using a natural weed killer. A homemade solution of water, vinegar, and salt will do the trick. Adding rubbing alcohol could also help, and it will evaporate quickly, leaving minimal smell. While a natural solution may take a few days longer to kill the weed, it will keep harmful pesticides out of your turf system, keeping it safe for the whole family. 

Stains: Whether a glass of wine was spilled at game night or your pet left a stubborn mark, any stain on artificial turf will come out best if treated right away. Remove as much of the stain as possible with a clean cloth. Follow by spraying the area with a mixture of water and either vinegar or a natural dish or laundry detergent. Repeat cleaning with a clean cloth. For tougher stains, try using a natural degreaser. There are also plenty of solutions for sale online created specifically for artificial turf. 

Leaves & Debris: If your lawn is near trees or other foliage, cleaning leaves and fallen debris from artificial turf is a breeze. Using a leaf blower is the quickest way to clear your lawn. Simply blow the debris to a corner to collect. A rake also will work just as well as on a natural grass lawn, just be sure to use one made of plastic or bamboo, as metal rakes can damage the turf. 

Pet Messes: Pet messes are a breeze to clean off artificial turf. Dogs love artificial turf, and owners will find it cleaner and easier to maintain than regular grass. Our infill helps to reduce odor and protect against fungus and mold. We recommend cleaning up after your pet, just like you would on regular grass. If they tend to go in the same spot, we recommend hosing the area down and using a mild detergent or turf cleaner as needed. 

Grooming: Artificial turf is made up of tiny synthetic pieces of vertical “grass” that need occasional grooming to stay upright and looking natural. Especially in high traffic areas, the synthetic fibers can be compacted and be flattened. When we install your turf, we use a product called “infill.” Infill helps keep those individual blades upright, but over time, could use the help of a good brushing. While a power broom makes the work easy and delivers great results, they are not completely necessary and you can achieve great results with a simple broom made for turf. Be sure you are using a broom with synthetic bristles, as metal can damage the turf. Brushing your artificial turf lawn every 3-4 weeks will help it look as natural as possible year-round. 

Compared to the upkeep of a natural turf lawn, these easy steps are not only a huge saver of money, but also of time. Spend more energy enjoying your outdoor space with friends and family than maintaining it!  Contact our Southern Turf Co. team to receive a free quote today.