Synthetic turf is fast replacing natural turf as the first preference in landscaping applications for many reasons. Synthetic turf surfaces are easier to maintain, retain their attractive looks for a longer period of time, and require minimal effort and time for upkeep. Even from an environmental perspective, synthetic turf is a practical option in drought conditions as they don’t need to be watered. Constant improvements to product quality have also made synthetic turf better in visual appeal as well as texture.
However, synthetic turf is not entirely maintenance-free – regular maintenance is still important to keep it in optimum condition. Putting it off for a long time can require a major effort to restore turf to its regular appearance.
Property owners with synthetic turf installed on their grounds will have to deal with problems such as debris, animal faeces, weeds, moss and algae. Ignoring them can affect the appearance and durability of the synthetic turf surface.
Organic debris such as leaves and fallen branches can accumulate on a synthetic turf lawn and affect its ability to drain runoff water in addition to encouraging weed growth. A weekly program of leaf removal will help keep the turf in optimal condition.
Artificial turf is constantly exposed to animal droppings; the faeces can accumulate in the absence of regular maintenance, attracting other animals and vermin. Animal faeces should be immediately removed and properly disposed of, and the turf washed with a household cleaner to remove any residue. Regular maintenance combined with immediate cleaning of animal faeces will prevent damage as well as keep the turf hygienic.
Weeds, Moss and Algae
When synthetic turf is not maintained regularly, it creates the right conditions for weeds, moss and algae. Simazine is the preferred herbicide for killing weeds that grow through synthetic turf while Wet & Forget removes moss, mould, and grunge on any outdoor surface. Sweep up the debris and dead roots after the products have had a chance to work.
Things to avoid on synthetic turf
Although synthetic turf is superior in many ways to natural turf, one must take a few precautions to ensure the turf looks good and lasts long:
Only light vehicles (those weighing less than one tonne) with low pressure tyres (rated between 8 and 10 psi) should be allowed on synthetic turf.
Cigarettes or heat sources
Though synthetic turf has a flame safety rating, heat sources can damage or melt the fibre pile.
Glass, tin or ceramics
Avoid carrying these sharp items on synthetic turf as they can bury themselves in the structure of the turf and cause significant damage.
Synthetic turf is the preferred low maintenance solution for busy property owners who do not want to invest too much time or money for their overall lawn care. No lawn surface is zero maintenance; however, synthetic turf requires much less water, time and overall commitment than a natural turf lawn.
Sportszone Group installs, resurfaces and maintains synthetic turf surfaces including tennis courts, sports fields, playgrounds and residential lawns.