Taking Care of Synthetic Turf
Posted by Matt Garrabrants on
Although artificial turf requires a considerably lesser amount of maintenance and care than a lawn full of actual grass, there are still certain things related to its maintenance to be taken into account and handled effectively. The maintaining of artificial lawn grass involves things like vacuuming, leaf-blowing, wetting, washing, sanitizing and even treating weeds and pests to a certain, but lesser, extent.
Generally, synthetic turf is marketed as extremely convenient fake grass that needs little to no care or protection to make it last. However, that is not entirely the case. Despite it being of a completely artificial variety, there is a good amount of labor and costs involved in taking care of artificial grass. An outdoor field turf would involve a lot more maintenance as compared so a tiny patch of artificial turf inside the house.
Of course, in this case, residents who own artificial grass have it slightly better off, since a fake turf of that size requires relatively less maintenance and labor, even if the work involved is similar.
Vacuums are available, just for the purpose of cleaning up artificial turf. It is specialized equipment, naturally, that works in a way that is specific to the needs of synthetic grass, and the way it needs to be cleaned. Even rakes work to sift through the artificial fibers, but it needs to be of a specific variety. During the vacuuming - specialized, of course - the crumb infill of the artificial grass is replaced.
Generally, the ones who are responsible for the maintenance of synthetic turf are advised to pick garbage and debris by hand on a daily basis, and even to use a leaf-blower for the stubborn remains. It is also recommended by the manufacturers to vacuum two times in a year, however, according to reports, it is undoubtedly better to do a vacuum sweep on either a monthly basis, or a weekly basis involving multiple sweeps.
Since synthetic turf tends to heat up quite easily to extremely high temperatures, "wetting" is a necessary practice - this is a process most of us have seen being done many a time to a soccer turf, or an arena football turf. Despite the assurances to the contrary, sometimes weeds will show up, and herbicide will then be required. In some cases, even the fungicide may need to be brought out.
Whenever a buyer is looking into purchasing synthetic turf, he or she should consider very carefully the instructions of managing the product and maintaining it. Thought it does require maintenance to an extent, the amount is practically nothing as compared to actual grass - which is a luxury to those looking to escape the trials and tribulations of an actual muddy, grassy, front lawn or field.
Each person looking to buy fake turf has their own specific preferences - like, for example, the resistance and durability of the turf will matter much more to a field manager than it will to a home owner. And it is according to these preferences that each buyer should thoughtfully make a purchase and inform themselves on all the maintenance instructions that come with a synthetic turf purchase.