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!
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 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.
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.