How is artificial grass installed on decking?

Thinking about investing in artificial grass, but aren’t sure if it can be installed on decking?

Perhaps you’re looking to replace your old, slippy decking for a more natural look. Or maybe you’re just sick of all the maintenance it required to keep it looking good.

The main issue with decking is that it tends to attract moss and has started to rot, or look very weathered. And especially if you’ve painted your decking, it will require a lot of upkeep to stop it from discolouring and the paint peeling.

But can artificial grass be installed on decking, or will it all have to be ripped out first?

The good news is that yes! Artificial grass can absolutely be installed on top of decking – with a few conditions.

As an artificial grass specialist, this is something I get asked about a lot. That’s why I’m going to take a moment to explain everything you need to know when getting artificial grass installed on top of your decking.

How is artificial grass installed on decking?

If your decking boards are in good condition, level, and without any rot, it’s likely artificial grass can be installed on top. However, this is something an artificial grass specialist will be able to advise on during a site visit.

A typical installation would involve applying a weed barrier, followed by a shock pad layer, and then the grass. No dig-out is required, but the area would need to be brushed and power blown to eliminate any moss or debris before the weed barrier is applied.

When installing artificial grass on decking, your installer should also tac or staple down the perimeter to ensure the installation is secure and won’t move.

Not sure your decking is in a great condition? If any remedial works did need to be carried out on your decking, this is something your installer may also be able to help you with before installation – for an extra charge.

An extra soft surface for children to play on

We would advise considering installing a shock pad layer with your artificial grass, as decking is quite a hard surface. However, it isn’t essential, and we especially wouldn’t advise this if your pets are going to use it often, as this layer can soak up urine and can smell.

However, a shock pad layer can offer extra peace of mind if children will be playing on the surface, as it comes in thicknesses of 10mm, 18mm or 25mm and can achieve a critical fall height of 2.6m.

If you’re looking to install your grass for pets and children, but don’t want to keep your pets from urinating on it (which can be tricky), we’d advise going for a normal garden installation instead. This would require removal of your decking so that we can install the appropriate sub-base and then the grass over the top.

No shock pad layer is required and allows pets to play as they please without any worry.

Advice from an artificial grass specialist

Most installers should be happy to install artificial grass on decking, assuming it’s in good condition. Even if your decking isn’t exactly looking great, there’s a chance it can be remedied so that installation can take place. An artificial grass specialist should also be able to check this, along with whether you have appropriate drainage for your decking.

It can take a drab decking area and transform it into a gorgeous green space that is much more aesthetically pleasing. We recently installed decking for one of our customers who wanted it for their kids to play on. Their decking wasn’t in bad condition, but they were just sick of the upkeep.

They were also worried one of their children might have an accident, as they were constantly getting told off for running on the decking when it was wet. Artificial grass, with a shock pad layer, turned out to be a great solution and created a much safer surface, which drained quickly after rain. No more telling off!

Conclusion

So, there we have it! Artificial grass CAN be installed on decking. As long as your decking is in good condition, you should be able to install artificial grass on top. However, this is something an artificial grass specialist can help advise on, and the area will still need to be brushed and power blown to get rid of any debris or moss.

Do you have any specific questions about installing artificial grass on decking? Let me know in the comments’ section. I’d be more than happy to help!

 

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POOLS AND ARTIFICIAL GRASS: A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN

YOU MIGHT WANT TO READ THIS IF YOU OWN A POOL.

Perfect combination of pool and artificial grass

Anyone who lives in Northern Territory knows that having a pool can improve the quality of your life. Installing artificial grass can improve the quality of your life, too. In fact, once you make the move to faux lawn, you’ll have a lot more time to enjoy your pool. And more money to invest in splashier pool toys for the kids, more towels to dry the dog, and that outdoor kitchen you’ve been contemplating.

Quite simply, pools and artificial grass are a match made in heaven.

Cooler and safer for people  

Most pools have a hardscape surface around their perimeters, such as concrete or brick. Regardless of the material, it can get so hot it burns your kids’ bare feet (yours, too). In fact, it heats up the entire surrounding area, taking the enjoyment out of sunbathing or simply relaxing.

Splashed water makes hardscape surfaces slippery, increasing the likelihood your kids will fall and hurt themselves while dancing around to avoid the hot surface. This is no fun! Artificial grass is soft underfoot and never slippery, no matter how many cannonballs your family can produce. It drains fast and dries fast.

You can install artificial grass right over the top of that hard, hot, boring surface, creating a seamless transition from lawn to pool.

Safer for poolside landscaping

Splashed water can make a mess of nearby planted areas. Aside from mud, the chlorine and other chemicals in the water can damage many plants, including natural lawn grass. (And, by the way, natural grass gets really slippery when wet, adding to safety concerns for playing kids.)

Cleaner than natural grass

With artificial grass, you can skip the annoying clippings and other debris that inevitably makes its way into your pool. Not to mention mud. And you won’t have to worry about lawn maintenance chemicals making their way into the water, either.

Prettier than concrete or brick

Aside from all the practical considerations, why surround a beautiful, inviting pool with something essentially ugly? Artificial grass is the essence of pretty. Its lush texture and emerald color compliment your pool and enhance your entire landscape. Not only that, even in winter when the pool is not in use, that area will continue to look green and vibrant.

Artificial grass adds grace and beauty to more than swimming pools, too. Your yard may include a lovely pond with koi or a fountain as a water feature. A grassy surround or pathway will draw the eye to this special aspect of your landscaping.

No pool? No sweat

Just put a kids’ wading pool on your lawn. No reason to gasp, “OMG, it will wreck the grass!” Artificial doesn’t just look perfect, it’s tougher than natural grass. Leaving a pool on live grass in the sun all day can severely damage it, even roast it to death. When you empty it at the end of the day, you get a different kind of pool that can take forever to sink in. Faux grass will happily accommodate the pool and quickly drain away water when you dump it out at night.

What else makes pools and artificial grass a heavenly match?

The truth about synthetic grass!!

 

There has been a fair bit of debate around Australia recently on how environmentally responsible synthetic grass is in our neighborhoods and there has been a lot of misleading information out there.

Several councils around Australia are debating the viability of installing synthetic grass on their verges but there have been some misguided statements flying around council chambers and the wider community. That’s not too surprising because synthetic grass is a relatively new product in Australia and its popularity is only just starting to grow.
First of all, we should point out that several councils in Australia have invested in the synthetic grass because of the obvious benefits:
• Saving serious amounts of water
• Saving maintenance costs
• Eliminating use of fertilizers and pesticides, which often leach into our rivers
Some councils are more cautious than others when it comes to approving the use of a new product and that’s understandable as councilors need to know they are making the right policies for their taxpayers.
In this blog, we seek to dispel some of the popular myths and misgivings about artificial turf. We want people who care about their gardens, verges and the environment to have a balanced view of synthetic grass.
We want you to be able to make an informed choice about the products you use for your garden.
So below we highlight some of the statements we’ve heard about synthetic grass recently and give you the facts:
Rainwater runs off plastic lawn – Some people will tell you that rainwater runs off synthetic grass preventing replenishment of groundwater. This is not true. The good quality synthetic grass is permeable with stormwater drainage wholes and, if installed properly, will allow absorption of rainwater in harmony with established drainage systems.
Bright green surfaces all year-round look unnatural – This is debatable of course but it is important to point out that there is a great variety of different synthetic lawn products available now, with different densities, coloring and ‘thatch’ that gives a much more natural appearance. It could also be said that ‘natural’ grass lawns look unnatural if they are green throughout an Australian summer – that’s because they often receive an unnatural amount of irrigation and fertilizer.
Synthetic grass is not energy efficient –
Obviously, there is an input of energy required to produce synthetic grass but this should be balanced against the elimination of the need to use a lawn mower, excessive amounts of water, pesticides, and fertilizers for the next 20 to 30 years of the lifespan of the lawn.
Plastics used in the synthetic grass are not biodegradable, so end up as land-fill – While it is true that synthetic lawns are made of non-biodegradable materials (you wouldn’t want your lawn to fall apart would you!), most of the components can be re-used at the end of its long lifespan. We believe the scope for recycling synthetic lawn components will grow in the coming years but these are yet to be developed because synthetic grass has only just started to grow in popularity and most high-quality artificial lawn products with reasonable maintenance and care given will last for 20 to 30 years.
Degradation of synthetic lawn releases toxins which leach into groundwater – It is important to ensure that when you purchase synthetic grass that it comes from a reliable supplier who can guarantee quality and safety. No Worries Turf Grass lawns do not contain toxins or heavy metals which can be harmful to the environment, your family, or pets. However, there is a growing number of small-scale operators have entered the synthetic grass market in Australia recently and the quality of products varies considerably. We suggest that you do as much research as possible before you choose synthetic grass for your lawn. Those selling synthetic grass should be able to give you full information about their products – if they are not able to answer your questions then look elsewhere to ensure you have confidence in the investment you are making for your home.
Synthetic grass can get hot – It is true that synthetic grass products can get warmer than a natural grass lawn. However, this is usually only a consideration in the height of summer. Yes, this has been a long, hot summer but synthetic grass certainly does not get as hot as paving, another popular alternative to natural grass. The NWTurf product range also includes ‘Cool Grass’ which is up to 25% cooler than other synthetic grass products. We believe that some accounts of the heat retention of synthetic grass are overstated as few people walk on (even natural) lawns on hot sunny days.
The soil under plastic lawn is sterile – In a majority of Australia natural soil is largely sand and has been classified as one of the poorest quality agricultural soils on the planet.  If you have good quality soil under your lawn you are either very lucky or have put an awful lot of work and additives into it. Synthetic grass will not support bacteria, insects, ants, and worms, in the same way, good soils under natural cover can but not many gardens do!
The synthetic lawn does not absorb CO2 or produce oxygen – True. Natural lawns do absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen but that natural process is largely inhibited in Australia’s summers due to the extreme heat and dry conditions, especially with the necessary water restrictions. Synthetic grass will not enhance the carbon budget in your garden – perhaps one reason why many people see it as an attractive option to paving their backyard while retaining the lush look of a lawn.
Poorly- maintained synthetic lawn looks bad – We agree! It is important to maintain your synthetic grass properly but if it is properly installed that is an easy job. Good quality synthetic lawns look great if they are well maintained. But any garden will become unattractive if it is not well maintained (whether it uses synthetic or natural products).
In heavy rain, the synthetic mat will wash away – One of the more laughable and misinformed statements we’ve heard. Properly installed lawns are very firmly attached through solid fixings and considerable “infill” and would only be moved by an extreme natural disaster in which other structural damage would occur.
Know the facts!
Through this blog, we want to make sure people considering synthetic grass know all the facts. If we were to highlight one aspect of choosing the right product for your garden then it is to ensure you have a quality synthetic lawn that you have confidence in. We want you to have a lawn that you can enjoy for many years to come but there is a wildly varying quality of synthetic grass products on the Australian market. If you feel some of your questions about synthetic grass remain unanswered check out our website or give us a call on  Phone1300 03 77 11

Artificial Synthetic Putting Greens

Got the urge to hone your golf skills? Do you want to teach your kids putt? Rather than having to head out to the local course, range or putting green, why not grab your putter and head out into your own backyard? NO WORRIES TURF can make a home putting green a reality for you.

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Your next landscaping project can include the home putting green of your dreams. Not only will your yard be fresh and lush all year round – you can head out the door at a moment’s notice to practice your swing, or when your children want to spend some quality time with you.

Why No Worries Turf?

Simply put, we do it best. We are the professionals’ number one synthetic green choice. No Worries regularly installs Signature Series Golf Greens, the top-of-the-line, FieldTurf brand artificial turf at golf courses. Lucky for you, our expertise is not reserved only for the professional golf course.

Bring it to your own backyard!

No Worries Turf design and installation team help you design the perfect synthetic putting green for your backyard. We install custom elevations, swales, and bunkers for the ultimate home golf experience. Our synthetic putting greens are of the highest quality, providing unparalleled realism in terms of surface quality and aesthetics.

We also have options: are you a competitive golfer? You may want to try the Professional Golf Green. Are you more leisurely golfer? We recommend the True Roll Putting Green.

NO WORRIES TURF SYNTHETIC GRASS OR REAL GRASS

Wouldn’t You Prefer To Spend More Time With Your Friends & Family On The Weekend Enjoying The BBQ Rather Then Mowing The Lawn?

Would You Like To Have a Low Maintenance Beautiful Back & Front Yard Which Will Make Your Neighbours Jealous?

Well, if you said YES to the above,

then we have a Solution for You!

The name says it all! This Top Quality 40mm Premium Elite Synthetic Grass is manufactured specifically for Australian backyards and commercial outdoor projects.

This beautiful, realistic looking and extremely soft artificial turf is designed to integrate with the harsh Australian climate. Our synthetic grass can accommodate to different climates and will continue to look aesthetically pleasing years after installation. The durable artificial grass can withstand different surface traffic and has superior wear and tear.

Purchase this beautiful product today and reclaim your backyard and your weekends back!

SUITABLE APPLICATIONS:

Domestic & Commercial Landscaping
Backyard feature
Pool Surrounds
Child Play Areas
Chipping Pads
School / council ovals / sports fields
Childcare facilities
Under trampolines
Soft fall cover
Rooftop Gardens
Trade show display booths

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10 Ideas For Your Outdoor Kitchen.

If you have space in your yard, check out the outdoor kitchen designs complete with bars, seating areas, storage, and grills. For smaller spaces, try one of the projects with just a sink and prep counter for you to mix drinks or put the finishing touches on your food. If you are worried about protecting your new project from the elements, this list has outdoor kitchen ideas with retractable and permanent windows and roofs; you can enjoy them in any weather! Some of these kitchens have fun features that will make your yard unique like pizza ovens and fire pits. All your neighbors will want to come over for a barbecue!

1. Barbecue Grill and Prep Station

Barbecue Grill and Prep Station

A dark wood pergola adds design and class to classic, adobe style stonework. This kitchen has a southwest flair with orange tones mimicking the desert and stainless steel offering a striking contrast. Darker red tile forms the countertops, and if you notice, brightly colored tiles give an unexpected pop of color. Add an outdoor sink and griddle, and you’ve got a full kitchen setup.

2. DIY Corrugated Metal Outdoor Bar

DIY Corrugated Metal Outdoor Bar

Have you ever heard rain bounce off a tin roof? This outdoor kitchen takes that peaceful feeling and creates a casual outdoor space using the corrugated tin for visual interest and a beautiful soundscape during stormy weather. Keep things from getting too fussy with oak-toned wood accents including countertops, plus a string of outdoor lights across the top.

3. Rustic Outdoor Kitchen Design with Grill and Dishwasher

Rustic Outdoor Kitchen Design with Grill and Dishwasher

Shabby chic kitchens are still a classic, and this shabby chic inspired outdoor kitchen is no different. It uses whitewashed brick for a comforting aged look, plus neutral gray accents on the counter. Also, did you notice the chevron brick floor? It pairs nicely with the stonework below the bar.

4. Outdoor Food Prep Station for Small Spaces

Outdoor Food Prep Station for Small Spaces

This minimalist outdoor kitchen is low fuss but high style. A ceramic smoker style grill and a glass water dispenser are the focal points of simple, open shelving in a soft grayish brown. Keep decorations to a minimum so that the graphic shapes of the grill and water dispenser stand out, and it doesn’t hurt to add a touch of plant life.

5. Outdoor Kitchen Décor with Clay Pizza Oven

Outdoor Kitchen Décor with Clay Pizza Oven

This is another southwest style kitchen, but this time with everyone’s favorite appliance: the pizza oven. Adobe adds warmth and gives the stainless steel appliances a subtle golden glow. The oven is large enough for multiple pizzas plus wood storage below. Enclose the kitchen area with adobe eves to give it a finished feel.

6. Food Prep Station with Pergola

Food Prep Station with Pergola

An open pergola encloses this full kitchen setup and gives it a formal feel. Light wood beams are a natural complement to the off-white base and dark countertops. Stainless steel appliances are a luxe addition to these simple colors, and the entire set-up is well balanced and a little traditional.

7. Rustic Wood Kitchen with Stone Backdrop

Rustic Wood Kitchen with Stone Backdrop

Gray wood gives this kitchen a farmhouse feel. Decorations are at a minimum, but with a couple of small shelves set into the rock wall, you’ve got a few places to add some beloved accessories. Open shelving on either side of traditional barn door style cabinets adds visual interest and balance without being cluttered. A quaint tin roof finishes the look.

8. DIY Food Prep Station with Crate Shelving

DIY Food Prep Station with Crate Shelving

If you’ve already got the grill in place, but need an area for prep and staging, use crates for an easy set of shelving. Smaller crates can hold plates and dishware until guests are ready. You can use the interior for dining essentials and the top for some plant life.

9. Patio Kitchen with Bar, Sink, and Mini-Fridge

Patio Kitchen with Bar, Sink, and Mini-Fridge

This setup is a full-scale outdoor dining space. It gives you an extra deep counter top for preparation and serving. Guests can sit with the cook as the food is prepared. The counter is a formal granite style counter on top of neutral aged stonework. On the other side of the grill, the cook has access to a sink and a mini-fridge.

10. Built-In Deck Countertop with Storage Shelves

Built-In Deck Countertop with Storage Shelves

In another minimal design, open shelving provides visual interest plus tons of storage for all your outdoor equipment. Neutral whitewash complements a bright cherry deck and doesn’t hinder the view beyond. It’s perfect for stacking wood for the smoker and an outdoor sink rounds out the amenities.

10 Firepit Area Ideas to enjoy Summer Nights Outside

I hate having burn circles in my backyard from campfires. They are unsightly, so I decided to create a pit using some of these beautiful round firepit area inspiration photos. These firepits give you a location to put the fire as well as a cozy location to enjoy the evening with your loved ones.

Personally, I like round pits because they look great with my outdoor décor, so I mainly looked at round firepit area ideas, though some square designs did catch my eye. I love that you can use stone, pebbles, or other materials to create a pit. It can be positioned above the ground, or if you prefer, you can design the pit right into the terrain of your backyard.

In this guide, you will see a lot of unique round firepit area ideas. These ideas are simply a place to start; if you like one of the ideas, then use the concept and make it your own design.

1. Stone Pit with a Rainbow of Chairs

Stone Pit with a Rainbow of Chairs

2. Log Benches Surrounding a Pit in Stone

Log Benches Surrounding a Pit in Stone

3. Round Firepit Area Idea for Nighttime

Round Firepit Area Idea for Nighttime

4. Simplistic Stone Path with a Firepit Center

Simplistic Stone Path with a Firepit Center

5. Garden Path Leading to a Fire Hole

Garden Path Leading to a Fire Hole

6. A Perfect spot for Barbecue

A Perfect Backyard Barbecue Spot for Entertaining

7. A Rustic Fire Overlooking the Lake

A Rustic Fire Overlooking the Lake

8. Swinging at the Edge of the Firepit

Swinging at the Edge of the Firepit

9. Orange Glowing Round Firepit Area Idea

Orange Glowing Round Firepit Area Idea

10. Wooden Bench Planters with an Enclosed Firepit

Wooden Bench Planters with an Enclosed Firepit

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A GOLFER’S DREAM

A Golfer’s Dream: Having a Putting Green at Home

A GOLFER’S DREAM: Having A PUTTING GREEN AT HOME

Playing golf is for sure a delightful thing, but going to the golf court implies a series of preparations that require time that we could use to improve our short game.

A golfer’s dream, either if the golfer is a professional or amateur, should be complemented by having a golf course at home or in the neighborhood, this is a possibility that can be turned into reality with courts covered with artificial grass.

Synthetic Putting Greens are more accepted as artificial grass materials improve. These materials are constantly subjected to rigorous laboratory studies, game tests and simulations so the ball behavior is similar to that of a natural grass golf course.

In golf, the use of artificial grass becomes more important when installed in the areas that receive most of the use, the colored materials are favorable since the balls will not get lost.

The versatility and variety of textures, colors and heights are what make the artificial grass an increasingly used product in sports, such as golf, football, rugby, handball, etc. It admits and even facilitates the practice of sports every day due to the enormous advantages its resistance provides and its low maintenance cost.

The advantages of artificial grass  compared to natural grass also apply to gardens, playgrounds and recreational areas in homes, schools, churches, and commercial buildings, either if the grass is placed indoors or exposed to the environment.

Guaranteed Product

The artificial grass when installed by professionals is proven to be a product that will remain in excellent conditions for over ten years and will allow a significant saving in maintenance costs.

Because of these and many other reasons a putting green at home is a golfer’s dream. In Better Than Real Artificial Grass we provide the grass with the features a putting green course requires and we will also install it for you with great pleasure.

Ask for a free estimate.

Use Artificial Grass

Why You Should Use Artificial Turf On Your Roof, Porch, Or Balcony http://www.heavenlygreens.com/blog/why-you-should-use-artificial-turf-on-roof-porch-balcony @heavenlygreens

Artificial turf is a beautiful addition to any property, and today there are many durable styles that look and feel just like healthy grass. But did you know that artificial turf is ideal for surfaces above ground level too? The convenience and versatility of artificial turf makes it an excellent choice for almost any area, including roofs, patios, and balconies.

Why is artificial turf perfect for rooftops, porches, verandas, and more? There is no need to trim or water artificial grass so it can be placed virtually anywhere with very little maintenance. It can also be cut to size and formed to fit around obstacles. The unique construction of artificial lawn materials allows for adequate water drainage and heat distribution, so wherever it is placed, it remains comfortable and dry throughout the year. Because it is inorganic, there’s no need to worry about pests or keeping it trimmed. Consider how artificial turf can enhance the look of your home or business.

On the Roof

If you live on the top floor of an urban oasis or have a home with a flat roof, you can easily have a qualified contractor install artificial turf over regular roofing materials. This approach gives you a small area for recreation and privacy if you so choose. The benefits of installing artificial turf on your roof include:

  • Does not raise the temperature of the building
  • Manufactured grass is not damaged by hail, rain, snow or ice
  • Allows you to create a small oasis where you can relax and enjoy the sunshine
  • Enables you to use the extra space in a constructive fashion
  • Improves the street appeal and value of your property
  • Helps to insulate the building for a more energy friendly space

When installing artificial turf on a flat roof, the use of PDS tiles is recommended to prevent damage due to excessive amounts of water building up underneath the turf. These tiles create a drainage channel between the roof and turf allowing water to run off and drain away, preventing it from standing in areas for any length of time. Your roofing contractor can advise you on the best and most cost-effective way to include beautiful artificial grass to your roof that will last for many years and through every season.

 

On the Patio/Porch

Artificial turf can be used on patios and porches as either a solid cover, or formed into a design that can be used in conjunction with pavers, marble tile or other landscaping materials. Your porch or patio is often set aside as a place to relax and enjoy the outdoors without actually venturing too far away from the house. Artificial grass on your patio can give you the feeling of having the grass under your feet without the work of maintaining a large yard. If the area gets dirty, it can easily be hosed off. And there’s no need to worry about pests as the artificial turf is virtually indestructible and repels unwanted creatures. Imagine the hours of enjoyment you and your family can experience on your new and improved patio, with the addition of artificial turf. There are colors and grass styles to match any existing yard cover and home décor.

 

On the Balcony

If you live in an apartment or condominium you may not have much of a yard to speak of. Yet, you want to enjoy the outdoors and expand your already tiny space for entertaining guests. Installing artificial turf on your balcony gives you the look and feel of having a yard without the muss and fuss of mowing, trimming, raking and weeding. Depending on the size of the balcony, you can put turf on a portion of it and leave the other portion cement, providing you with the best of both worlds.

The nice thing about using artificial turf on a balcony is that it can be cut to fit almost any area. There are many designs to choose from, including the type of artificial turf colors and textures. Have an existing garden and want the artificial turf to blend in? The materials that artificial turf is made from are so natural looking, even your neighbors won’t know it’s not real. The best part of adding artificial turf to your balcony is that you can cut down on the heat that concrete gives off while making your home feel lush. Add a fountain, a pergola, and patio furnishings to create a fully functional outdoor living space that will bring you peace for years to come

Artificial turf can be used to accessorize your patios, porches, balconies and roofs. Just about any area around your home or office can look great with the addition of artificial turf. If you don’t want to install turf on the entire area, you can cut smaller pieces to fit under potted plants or make pads for underneath your lawn furniture. The fact is, artificial turf is so versatile that you can be as creative as you want to be. Let your imagination be your guide. You can create almost any type of area you want and decorate it in a variety of ways. You can turn a cement patio or balcony into a small garden getaway, just by using artificial turf and a few hanging plants. The opportunities are only limited by the boundaries of your imagination

HOW TO CLEAN SYNTHETIC GRASS

Choosing to convert a natural grass lawn to artificial turf is a wise idea in areas where drought conditions can restrict water usage. The first thing a homeowner needs to do is learn how to clean artificial grass and what tools they will need. Unlike natural grass that needs regular maintenance, artificial turf requires very little in comparison. It’s affordable too!

Remove Large Pieces of Debris Daily

No matter what type of lawn a person has, there will always be fallout from nearby trees and bushes. It is important to remove any large pieces of debris so that they don’t damage the mesh fabric of the turf. Check the lawn after a good storm or a strong wind. Sometimes debris is carried into the lawn from neighboring foliage. This is normally a good chore for the kids who want to help around the house. It will keep them occupied and they can earn their allowance in a short period of time.

Lawn Blowers and Vacuums

Lawn blowers and vacuums can be used on smaller lawns on a low setting. Both can be used effectively as long as they are on a lower setting and won’t disturb the infill used to support the blades of grass. Sand and sand mix infills are lighter than pea gravel or crumb rubber and may shift or be sucked up into the vacuum if too much force is used. When you begin to clean the lawn, test a few areas to determine whether or not the infill is solid enough for the amount of force you need to use.

Lawn Rakes

Lawn rakes w/baggers that attach to riding lawn mowers are ideal for larger lawns. They will easily remove leaves and other types of small debris and not disrupt the infill that holds the turf in place. The soft brushes of the rake will also fluff the blades and pull debris that may be embedded deep into the turf. Smaller lawn rakes can be used manually but may not have the same effect and will have to be emptied more often than the larger versions.

 

A stiff-tined, handheld rake will also be needed. This will be used to rake through the infill to prevent it from becoming compacted and hard. Raking the infill will also allow air to permeate through and dry it out. It will help to aerate the infill and prevent odors from building up. Stirring up the infill will also straighten the blades of grass and keep them from becoming matted to the ground.

Lawn Brushes and Brooms

Lawn brushes and brooms are great for small lawns. These work well for small lawns and are stiff enough to fluff the infill as well as remove small pieces of debris from the blades of artificial grass.

Rinse Regularly

Rinsing the lawn once a month is recommended to knock down dust and eliminate any pet residue that may be present. If a homeowner has pets who are frequently let outside to use the restroom, landscapers often recommend rinsing the lawn in those areas at least once a week. This will dilute any remaining urine or feces and rinse away any residue that may be left behind to cause odors.

 

Cleaning an artificial grass lawn is easy and much simpler than worrying about all of the needs of natural grass. It requires minimal care and will look its best without putting in hours of effort. Artificial turf saves both money and time as well as helping the homeowner do their part to conserve water.