Whether you want to put down artificial turf yourself or you want to hire a service, there are several things you need to know before you commit to artificial grass installation. Even though it isn’t real grass, artificial turf still requires maintenance, even after the turf is applied to your yard. But if you commit to taking great care of your turf, the results will speak for themselves and will last years and years.
From prior planning to aftercare and maintenance, there are 4 important things you need to know in order to have the best experience with your artificial turf.
1. You Must Have a Proper Turf Drainage System.
Many homeowners are concerned about drainage, especially if they have outdoor pets or live in an area that’s prone to flooding.
But the right drainage system is designed to drain through the permeable grass, through the base layer, and into the water table. It might even be more effective than natural grass!
Once all your prior landscaping and other obstacles are removed, you must install a compacted aggregate. It must also be shaped to reflect the natural drainage of the area. For example, if your yard is currently on a slope, allowing water to travel downward, your aggregate needs to reflect that in order to prevent puddles and flooding.
The surface of the finished aggregate should be smooth and glossy.
2. You Must Choose the Right Turf for Your Needs.
This is extremely important. If you’re selecting artificial turf for your backyard and you have playful children or a dog, you’ll want to choose a tougher blade that drains quickly, something that can withstand heavier traffic and pet waste pickup.
For a front yard, it’s typically recommended to use a longer, thinner blade. This looks much more lush and realistic.
And don’t forget about turf comfort, either! If you spend a lot of time in your yard, you’ll want a sturdy blade while still keeping a realistic feel.
3. Once the Grass is Installed, You Need to Choose the Right Top Infill.
This is an important step when it comes to the overall staying power of your turf. This infill is poured right onto the top of the grass. Silica sand might be used. It’s brushed right into the grass’s surface, giving a sturdier base to the blades of grass themselves. This allows them to stand up straight for a longer period of time.
For pet-intended turf, Zeolite may be used. It serves the same purpose as silica sand, but zeolite also prevents pet urine odors from lingering.
To apply your infill, you can use a power broom, or a regular broom/rake. Take note that if you do not use a power broom, it’ll require some elbow grease on your part.
4. The Care Doesn’t Stop There! Keeping up with Long-term Maintenance is Crucial.
After your synthetic turf installation is complete, you’ll need to keep up with just a bit of long-term maintenance (nowhere near the amount of maintenance for a natural lawn!).
You might notice your blades start to droop after a certain period of time. This could be one year, five years, ten years, etc., depending on how much traffic your grass gets. When this happens, you’ll need to utilize a power broom service. You can rent one yourself or hire the whole service to come and do it for you.
If you don’t want to hire a power broom service or rent one, you can use a broom, brush, or rake yourself and push against the grain. But be warned this will take much longer.
If you have pets, it’s important to use a liquid enzyme. This helps remove bacteria off of blades of grass, helping you prevent more serious problems down the line. You can use this once or twice a month depending on the area and how often it’s used.
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If you’re considering artificial grass installation or if you have any questions, check out US Turf. Their professionals know everything there is to know about turf from installation to maintenance. Contact us today.