How to Maximize the Longevity of Your Artificial Grass

February 7, 2020

An artificial grass lawn can be an amazing investment for a Sacramento home or business owner in need of a long-term landscaping solution. However, like all other parts of your home or business, artificial turf comes with its own set of maintenance considerations and requirements. Fortunately, with just a little bit of effort (much less than what a natural grass lawn would require), you can have a beautiful synthetic lawn that will last you for years to come.

Many of the decisions that determine your turf’s longevity will be made during the selection and installation process. Choosing the right type of turf for your needs is paramount; a long-bladed style is very attractive and most closely resembles natural grass, whereas shorter blades are more resilient. Your choice will depend on what exactly you plan to use your turf for, such as whether it’s going to be a backyard play space for children and pets, a sporting field for an athletic facility, or an exterior lawn for a business. Be sure to consult with your artificial grass distributor to select the right option.

Another key factor in maximizing longevity is choosing the right type of infill for your lawn. Similarly to choosing the right turf, your selection of infill will depend on what you plan to use your lawn for. For example, if you plan to add a putting green to your synthetic turf lawn, your best choice would be silica sand. Sand is crush-resistant, helps disperse heat, improves drainage, and for putting in particular, helps ensure a smoother roll for the golf ball. However, sand retains odors, making it a poor choice for pet owners that go to the bathroom outside. Fortunately, there are specialized pet infills that use non-toxic and biodegradable granules that trap and neutralize odors associated with pet waste.

Once you’ve chosen your turf and infill and had it installed, you’ll need to take the proper maintenance steps to keep your synthetic turf lawn healthy. Fortunately, these maintenance requirements are relatively light. Keeping your turf clean can be as simple as rinsing it off with a garden hose, but there are also specialized cleaning products that you can use if your lawn sees particularly heavy use. You’ll also want to brush your artificial grass lawn semi-regularly to lift the turf blades and prevent them from matting and clumping.

Another key step to take for maximizing your lawn’s lifespan is to rotate heavy equipment sitting on it so that the grass doesn’t develop worn-out patches. Sporting equipment like soccer goals, lawn furniture, and more should be moved around semi-regularly so that the weight doesn’t crush and damage the turf blades.

Lastly, there are simple steps of general cleanliness you’ll want to follow. If there’s a stain on your synthetic turf lawn, such as from food or drink, you’ll want to wash it out as soon as possible. If a stain ends up drying and hardening, you’ll need to scrape it away, but use plastic tools, not metal! A metal knife or spatula can damage the polyethylene fibers. Household detergents and cleaners should be more than sufficient for getting rid of stains from coffee, soft drinks, red wine, and other common liquids.

As long as you choose the right type of turf and infill and take the necessary steps to maintain it, you can enjoy a lush, beautiful lawn that will last you for fifteen years or more. For help in selecting the right type of artificial grass for all of your needs, you can trust SGW Sacramento to be your premier synthetic turf distributor. We stock a full range of turf products, supplies, and accessories for Sacramento homes and businesses, and we provide installation lessons to homeowners and contractors planning a new project. If you’d like to make us your trusted artificial grass distributor, call us today at (916) 797-0682. We can provide you with free samples to compare and help you find the perfect type of turf for your needs.

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