One of the best things about artificial grass is that it never needs to be mowed, which is a real timesaver when it comes to regular yard maintenance. With that said, you’ll need to put some time into maintaining the look of your fake grass. Regular attention will help you reinvigorate any pressed-down patches of artificial grass so that your grass blades will stay standing fresh, full and realistic for years to come.
The Problem of Flattened Grass
When you first install artificial grass in your garden, the blades may bend down toward the ground. Because sheets of artificial grass are rolled during delivery, it’s normal for the grass to look smashed down. Also, you may find that some retailers shrink wrap the grass which compresses the blades down, so you’ll need to rustle them up.
Tending to the blades right away will stand them up so that they take on a more natural appearance.
Of course, flattening can happen again after you’ve had your artificial lawn for a while. As people and animals walk across the grass, the blades can get pressed down. Over time, you may find that the fibres no longer quickly spring back up on their own.
When that happens, it’s time for lawn maintenance. In fact, it’s a good idea to schedule weekly grass care so that you can address this issue before it becomes a widespread problem.
Artificial Lawn Care with a Broom
One of the most helpful tools for artificial grass maintenance may already be hanging out in your garage: a stiff broom.
Sweeping the grass will help to gently pull it back into an upright position. As you sweep, pull the broom against the direction that the blades are lying. Your goal is to coax them toward the direction you want them to go.
Many different broom styles will work for this task. Just be sure to choose one with stiff bristles that will be effective at lifting the blades up and into place. Also, avoid metal bristles since they could poke or rip the lawn material. You can also try this job with a brush instead of a broom.
Aim to sweep your artificial grass around once a month. If your lawn doesn’t see much foot traffic, then you may be able to stretch the interval to two or three months. On the other hand, fake grass that pets play on, or get a lot of foot traffic, may need attention as often as once a week.
Sweeping the artificial grass can be useful for more than just repositioning the blades. It will also help with removing dust, dirt, leaves and other debris from the grass.
Artificial Grass and Power Brushes
While brooms are affordable and handy, you may want to do a more thorough reshaping job a few times a year. For that, a power brush could be just what you need. Power brushes are also known as mechanical brushes or power brooms.
These motorized devices sport rotating brushes. As the bristles spin, they dislodge debris from the grass. The spinning bristles also breathe new life into matted-down blades.
Power brushes can be more effective than brooms at truly getting your lawn back into good-as-new form. What’s especially great, though, is that they take less effort from you.
Mechanical brushes come in a wide variety of styles. Some are lightweight devices that resemble other handheld power lawn tools. Others are wider and look more like push lawnmowers.
Whichever you choose, power brush your artificial turf fibers at least once a year. More frequent power sweeping may be important if your yard sees a lot of use. In some neighborhoods, such as areas with many trees and falling leaves, you may find it best to use a power brush once or twice a month.
Artificial Grass and Lawn Furniture
Outdoor chairs and tables put pressure on artificial blades of grass. That can bend the blades and cause them to be misshapen. Of course, good-quality grass should be able to handle the pressure and eventually pop back into place.
To be careful, though, it’s a good idea not to leave furniture in any one spot for too long. Adjust the positions of your tables and chairs every few weeks. You don’t have to entirely rearrange your lawn; just an inch or two shift can do the trick.
Raindrops can also collect on the grass blades which can weigh them down, causing them to fall flat. There’s not much you can do to prevent this, as the grass is outdoors and designed to get wet. All you can do is keep up your brushing and techniques in this article to help the grass blades strand.
Take Charge of Your Artificial Grass
When you first notice your artificial grass becoming matted, your immediate response might be to panic. You spent all that money on installing the grass, and now it seems to be ruined. Never fear — your lawn just needs a bit of attention.
Regular sweeping and power brushing will help pull the grass fibres back into place. With just a bit of time every few weeks or months, you can keep your artificial lawn looking fresh and lively throughout all seasons.