It’s no secret that maintaining a beautiful lawn full of natural grass can be very difficult for most homeowners living in Scottsdale. Thanks to the dry and hot climate, most homeowners may become frustrated by the amount of maintenance natural grass requires. This is the reason why more and more people have been opting to have artificial lawns installed in their homes.
Keep in mind, however, that artificial lawns still require some maintenance to help keep it looking great—albeit minimal. If you have recently installed synthetic grass in your home, or if you are considering having an artificial lawn installed in the near future, here are a few simple maintenance tips and tricks to keep in mind:
Water Your Synthetic Grass
Yes, synthetic grass won’t die due to lack of water, but that’s not the reason why your new lawn needs to be soaked every now and then. Use your hose to wash away dust, dirt, and other organic matter that has accumulated. This keeps your synthetic grass looking fresh and clean. If your children or pets play on the lawn, you’ll need to wash it out more often to accommodate the increased foot traffic.
In addition to removing organic debris from your artificial lawn, hosing it down helps you regulate its temperature. Artificial grass tends to absorb a lot of heat during the summer months here in Scottsdale, so you’ll want to bring down the temperature a few notches to avoid damage to the synthetic blades of grass.
Look Out for Warning Signs of Molds
One of the biggest reasons why you want to remove dust and other organic matter from your lawn is to prevent mold growth. Mold spores tend to latch on to organic matter, feed off of it, and grow. How do you know if your lawn has molds? Look for discolored spots on your lawn, and you’ll find where mold is growing. To get rid of this, pour hydrogen peroxide and immediately clean the area with warm water.
Remove Any Weeds Naturally
Another reason why you’ll want to remove dirt, dead leaves, and other organic debris from your lawn on a regular basis is to prevent the growth of weeds. When these items decompose, they can easily settle into your lawn, providing weeds with a food source. In the event that you find any weeds on your lawn, you can pull them out as you normally would. However, you may want to use a mild weedicide on your artificial lawn once every six months or so to help minimize weed growth.
Get Rid of Stains and Odors ASAP
If you are a proud pet owner, you may want to pay attention to where Fido likes to do his business. Urine and feces can easily be washed away with a little help from your hose, but the odors left behind may linger for far longer than you would like. Don’t hesitate to ask your landscaping company to recommend you an enzyme cleaner that works well with the type of synthetic grass they installed in your home. If you prefer a more “natural” remedy, try using a solution of water and vinegar. You may also try a combination of water and citrus rinds.
Keep Synthetic Grass Straight Up
Over time and regular use, you may notice that your grass has become slightly deformed. The best way to address this issue is to use a hard brush with synthetic bristles to comb and straighten out your synthetic grass. Ideally, you’ll want to brush out your grass in different directions to help recreate the bouncy look of natural grass. This should be done at least once a month for the best results.
7 Ways To Maintain Your Artificial Lawn, LivSpace.com
A Homemade Formula to Spray Lawn to Get Rid of a Urine Smell, SFGate.com