Everything You Need to Know About Routine Maintenance for Your Artificial Turf
Terry Stricklin, SYNLawn Houston, OwnerNovember 29, 2019Uncategorized
Between mowing, watering, fertilizing, aerating, and spraying for pests, taking care of a natural lawn can be a lot of work. Not only is the process time-consuming, but the materials needed to get the job done right are expensive. Whether you decide to do the landscaping yourself or hire someone else to do it, you can be sure that a natural grass lawn will be a costly hassle to maintain. Luckily, artificial turf presents a low-maintenance, budget-friendly solution to having a beautiful lawn year-round.
What is Artificial Turf?
Artificial grass has come a long way in recent years thanks to advancements in production and technology. In the past, synthetic turf looked fake because the grass blades were stiff, sparse, and neon green. Today, artificial turf is constructed to mimic the look and feel of real grass while providing numerous benefits. The turf can be installed indoors and outdoors for decks, front yards, backyards, and more to suit your home design and lifestyle needs.
Turf Installation Process
Before you start installing artificial turf, it’s important to understand the installation process. First, a specialist will need to measure your yard and determine the amount of material that will be needed to cover the area seamlessly. Next, the technician will remove any existing vegetation or grass and the first few inches of topsoil, which will be compacted and graded to drain away from your property.
After the ground has been prepared using either a weed killer or fabric weed barrier to prevent unsightly weeds, the turf will be rolled out and aligned to your liking. To secure the synthetic turf, the specialist will either use nails or landscape staples, which will be invisible and undetectable when you walk across your new lawn. Installing an artificial lawn is quick, easy, and the results can last for over a decade.
Benefits of Artificial Grass
One of the key reasons why more and more homeowners are turning to synthetic grass is the reduced time and labor costs. But, did you know that installing artificial grass at your home can offer other benefits, especially for children and pets? Parents and pet owners love the material because it is nonabrasive, antimicrobial, and doesn’t leave any stains. On top of that, the underlayer that makes up each roll of grass is constructed with rubber, which has a soft, cushioning effect and has been proven to reduce the impact of falls. Artificial turf is a great option for homeowners who are looking to improve the health and safety of their property without sacrificing their lush green lawns.
Maintaining Your Lawn
While the low-maintenance quality of artificial turf makes it an appealing landscaping choice, the material still requires some regular upkeep to retain its durability and quality over time. Typically, you will only need to clean your artificial lawn every one to three months, but you should increase the frequency of maintenance if you have children or pets who regularly play on the surface.
To keep the grass free of dirt, dust, and debris, you can use a leaf blower to blow away fallen leaves and other unsightly elements. Additionally, you should use a stiff brush across high traffic areas to erase the impact of traffic and make your grass blades stand upright again. Finally, consider rinsing down your artificial turf to eliminate any odors from pet waste and rinse out dirt and debris.
For the modern homeowner, artificial turf is a low-maintenance option that will let you spend more time enjoying your home and yard instead of taking care of it. Visit our friendly team of experts at Synlawn Houston if you’re interested in making the switch to synthetic grass.