Synthetic turf technology has come a long way since artificial grass was first introduced as a lower-maintenance alternative back in the 1960s. Manufacturers have been able to produce artificial turfs that last longer and better mimic the impact of real grass. It’s important to keep in mind that, like any athletic equipment, synthetic turfs require proper maintenance in order to extend their longevity and ensure safe playing conditions.
Fall is an important time to tend to your turf, as the changing weather conditions come with unique challenges of their own. Here are four maintenance steps you should take to keep your field looking fresh for many seasons to come.
Get Rid of the Dirt and Debris
Dirt—especially dirt containing clay—can compact the field over time, contributing to a hard, pavement-like feel instead of the soft grass-like sensation the turf is supposed to have. Autumn is a prime time for debris to collect thanks to falling leaves and windy conditions. It’s important to routinely clear this debris off the field, which can be as easy as using a lawn sweeper or leaf blower. Avoid using tools with steel points, which can permanently damage your turf.
Even Blades Need a Brushing
Natural grass stands straight, and this is how your turf field should appear as well. Over time, regular usage tends to matt the blades down. Brushing out the synthetic grass is the only way to keep it looking natural and buoyant. For larger fields, brushing the entire space may prove to be too time-consuming—in which case, at least attend to the high-traffic areas.
Rinse Away Waste
You may know the difference between an artificial lawn and a natural one, but dogs don’t. During the typically dry autumn season, wash and rinse your turf once a month in order to break down and remove pet wastes. This will limit smells and discourage damaging bacteria from forming.
Refresh Compacted Lawns With Aeration Machines
Compacted turf is a real issue for athletics. A hard surface can make a game of football or soccer much more dangerous than it needs to be. If your lawn feels harder than it should—the ideal G-max range for lawns is between 135 and 155—there are alternatives to completely ripping up the field. Instead, a turf maintenance contractor can use pressurized air to blast the artificial grass, pushing out compacted materials while aerating the soft infill grass.
Taking proper care of your artificial turf is necessary for ensuring its longevity. For more tips and for help with important routine maintenance, Turf Prep can be reached by calling 1-877-774-8873 or by filling out our online form.