Artificial Grass Care: Caring for Namgrass
Artificial grass enjoys low maintenance requirements, ease of installation and reduced costs. , artificial grass is becoming a common sight in many lawns and gardens around the UK. Modern artificial grass has come a long way and is now virtually impossible to tell whether a patch is artificial or not, as most types look incredibly realistic. While fake grass requires little attention, there is some after care involved. Below you will find some useful artificial grass maintenance tips to help you keep your lawn looking lush, green and healthy
Keep it clean
Firstly, keep it clean. After a while, soil, twigs and other unwanted stuff may find their way onto your grass. This won’t affect it at all, but if left over a long time it could encourage weeds to grow. Simply give your grass a good brushing with a stiff brush. Alternatively use a plastic rake but never use a metal one. Alternatively you can use a garden blower or garden vacuum cleaner to remove the debris.
A good brush up
From time to time, give your grass a good going over with a stiff brush or plastic rake. This will perk up the pile of your grass, especially in areas that aren’t used so much. It’s a bit like giving your hair a comb and will smarten up the look of your grass. Namgrass suggest that you brush every four weeks.
Taking care of business
Namgrass is great for pets doing their business, as it won’t discolour or die like natural grass. However, now and again, it’s a good idea to give your grass a bit of a spruce up with our artificial grass cleaner. This will freshen it up and reduce the build up of odours. If you do notice an odour then give Namgrass a call and they will advise.
Tackling stains and marks
If you discover any stains on your artificial grass, use warm water and washing up liquid along with a brushing to remove them. For more tricky oil-based marks, you can easily remove them using white spirits and a cloth. best practice is to always test on a small patch first to ensure that you don’t experience any discolouration of the grass.
Ensure even wear
If you have equipment that remains stationary we always advise moving this around from time to time. This is to ensure even wear conditions on the grass. Similarly brush the area with a stiff yard brush to stimulate the grass pile and freshen it up. It is quite normal for the grass to sit flatter in these areas when compared to others that do not receive as much use.
Protect heavy traffic areas
Heavy traffic areas in the home such as the front door would normally be protected with a door mat. The same goes for your garden entrance too. Think of your garden as your outdoor carpet and that will also need to something to withstand extra traffic into your garden. As such, just as with natural grass, we recommend placing a paving slab or two to step onto right under the stepping point from your home. The paving slab will take the initial impact from the step down onto your grass. Because the impact from the step can quickly cause the fibres of the grass to sit in different directions making it appear different from the rest of the grass area. Whilst there is no problem with the grass itself and it does not affect the durability of it.
Rotate heavy equipment
Football goals are a popular feature of a family garden and goal mouths are a high impact area. There is no reason why artificial grass cannot be used for sports areas as it is installed successfully in thousands of schools, however if you are playing sports on the grass make sure it has a heavy sand infill. If you have equipment that remains stationery we always advise moving this around from time to time to ensure even wear conditions on the grass and brush the area with a stiff yard brush to stimulate the grass pile and freshen it up. It is quite normal for the grass to sit flatter in these areas than others that do not receive as much use.
Consider positioning of shiny objects
More often than not, once you have artificial grass laid, you tend to want to ‘finish’ the garden using additional plants and decorative pieces. What you need to consider is whether there are any mirrors, shiny features or any glass adjacent to the area you are installing – even a garden shed window. The placement of the grass and the shiny objects are an important consideration. If they are in full sun for the majority of the day, the suns rays can be reflected and magnified onto the grass causing it to burn. Therefore, the layout is really key in ensuring that doesn’t happen.
Weeds and Moss
Finally, on rare occasions weeds and moss may appear on the artificial grass. You can use weed and moss treatment which can be obtained from DIY retailers. Before using the cleaner try a patch test on a small corner of the grass to ensure it doesn’t affect your artificial grass