Artificial Turf Maintenance Guidelines
Taking good care of your investment in artificial turf will extend the life of your beautiful, lush, and green synthetic lawn. In addition to offering artificial turf maintenance services in Austin and the surrounding areas, our professionals at TexasTurf want to give you a few basic guidelines to do it yourself.
Keep in mind that just as every turf installation is unique to the space so is how the owner uses their synthetic lawn. Below we have touched on some of the most common questions about maintenance. Other considerations and questions my arise as you enjoy your lawn so please contact our Austin artificial turf experts at any time for answers.
One of the most important maintenance tasks for artificial turf is keeping the turf clean and free of debris.
Keeping Your Turf Clean
One of the most important maintenance tasks for artificial turf is keeping the turf clean and free of debris. Cleaning the turf for most households will be done by normal rainfall which washes dust, pollen, and airborne pollutants off the turf. However, if you live in an area with little rain fall or during periods of limited rainfall you will need to "water" or "mop" the turf to provide the cleaning normally done by rain. Use a 5% solution of low sudsing detergent in hot water to clean the turf.
Removing animal waste and foreign objects prevents damage to your turf. This will also help to prevent the growth of weeds, algae, and moss.
To best maintain your turf, it is important to remove stains and waste items promptly
- Animal Waste – Whether you own pet turf or not, neutralize animal waste with a mixture of white distilled vinegar in an equal amount of water. Flush thoroughly with water after application.
- Chewing Gum - Chewing gum can be removed by freezing. Use either ice or an aerosol to freeze the gum, which can then be chipped or broken off of the turf fibers.
- Fungus, Moss, or Algae - A 1% solution of hydrogen peroxide in water can be sponged on to the affected area. Flush thoroughly with clean water after application.
- Metal Objects - Metal objects should be picked up by a magnet that is attached to grooming or brushing equipment.
Brush the Surface
Your beautiful new lawn will need a little maintenance over the years to come. During the year, it’s important to keep the debris removed and your turf brushed. This keeps the infill level uniform, the grass fibers upright, and restores its aesthetic appeal.
- Only use a brush with synthetic bristles, never metal or wire.
- Sweep against the grain or nap of the turf fibers to fluff them up.
- How often you need to brush the turf will depend on how much activity happens on the surface. Use caution as to how often brushing occurs. Excessive brushing will damage the fiber and compromise the characteristics of your synthetic lawn over time.
Safety Considerations For Your Turf
- Precautions to take to prevent/minimize damage to your turf:
- Keep cigarettes, fireworks, and open flames away from the turf surface.
- Use furniture and equipment that are free of sharp or jagged edges; if your not sure place a protective barrier between the item and the turf
- Don’t keep a parked vehicle running on the turf to avoid fluid leak damage. If driving on the turf, make wider turns and move at slow speeds. Don’t brake or accelerate suddenly to avoid wheel spinning.
- Sprinkler heads and systems can leave mineral deposits on the artificial turf. Cap off or remove nearby sprinkler heads.
- Prohibit metal spiked shoes and flat-soled rubber shoes to avoid excessive wear and tear of the turf.
- Special activities like bicycle traffic or golfing may damage the turf, so be sure to review these activities with your professional before the event occurs in order to avoid damage.
- If you have a question, ask it (you don't know unless you ask). Call us at 512-766-6223 to get the answer.
- Heavy Rain Ponding — If significant ponding occurs after heavy rainfall, it may be an indication of a variety of factors such as clogged or damaged underground drain pipes or discharge outlets, base unevenness, debris in the infill, or infill surface tension.
- Static Electricity — Surfactants like liquid laundry fabric softeners can reduce static electricity.
- Lightning — Lightning strikes can happen. If your turf is struck by lightning, damages beneath the surface are typically greater than the damage to the surface.
- Equipment Leaks or Spills — Hydraulic Fluid – Use only newer biodegradable fluids, if available for your equipment – don’t use petroleum-based fluids. If a leak occurs when using petroleum-based fluids it is important to minimize the damage by stopping and capturing as much fluid as possible. If it gets on the turf, use spill leak towels to soak up the majority of the fluid. Vacuum out the infill in the affected area, use a solution of household dishwashing liquid and water to break down and clean any remaining fluid from the turf. Once the turf is clean, you will need to install new infill.
- Motor Oil — See above regarding spill leak towels and cleaning.
- Gasoline and Diesel — Don’t fill equipment while it is on the turf. Do not overfill. Newer equipment has an overflow tube that drains directly under the equipment and onto the ground. Use a catch pan while filling to prevent accidental spillage.
- Grease — Use grease sparingly and wipe any excess off of all fittings, bearings, and chains, etc.