Synthetic Turf generally has very little maintenance, below are the General Maintenance Instructions that will be sufficient in most situations. Further below are the more comprehensive maintenance instructions required in special cases.
Generally around ten minutes once per month maintenance is recommended (but this will vary depending on usage and the turf you choose). Firstly blow any leaves or debris off the lawn, walk around the perimeter of the lawn and spray any small weeds along the edges with weed-spray and finally give the lawn a brush over with a stiff broom into the grain of the lawn. This would typically be towards the house in the front yard and towards the back fence in the backyard. A little and often maintenance will ensure your lawn always looks its best.
In high traffic areas we recommend to Install Steppers in the lawn to walk along to minimise flattening in these areas. We can provide a separate quote for this.
Softer feeling lawns or longer lawns will require more brushing up to minimise flattening and may show more of a shading effect over time with regular traffic.
In more rare situations the following maintenance is required in addition to the above.
Situation 1: If the lawn is installed in a front yard where there is a vacant block next door or the road is in a wind tunnel with vacant blocks dotted along the street.
Recommendation 1: Install a metal post and mesh screening from Bunnings, where the lawn borders a vacant block to stop the wind from blowing sand onto the artificial lawn.
Recommendation 2: Run a continous line of leftover pavers along the roadkerb to keep sand from blowing along the road onto the artificial lawn.
Situation 2: The artificial lawn is bordered by garden beds, not paving, liquid limestone or retaining walls.
Recommendation 1: If the garden beds aren’t routinely weeded, once the lawn is installed either start weeding the garden beds routinely or hire a gardener once per month. This is especially the case where aggressive couch grass grows in the garden beds. This grass can travel from the garden beds along the top of the lawn, and from there down through the artificial lawn drainage holes into the artificial lawn base. Whilst artificial lawn does require minimal maintenance, as outlined above, gardens do need to be maintained to keep it low maintenance.
Situation 3: The artificial lawn is bordered by a path and dirt regularly blows along the path from other garden beds.
Recommendation 1: Sweep/blow down the paths routinely to stop dirt accumulating in the artificial lawn fibres that meet the path. Blow out any dirt that’s accumulated with a blower on a sunny day.
This is because these fibres will trap the dirt. Whilst the blue metal dust base and the artificial lawn silica sand infill has no organic goodness for weeds to easily grow in, the presence of this foreign soil will be enough for weeds to grow in along the edges.
Situation 4: Pets are present on the lawn
Recommendation 1: During summer or when there is no rain for a number of weeks rinse the grass through with a hose pipe regularly to wash through any built-up dog urine.
Recommendation 2: Use a natural product like Baking soda and apply evenly over the lawn before watering in, or apply a water and vinegar solution in a watering can. Alternatively pre-made solutions can be purchased online.