Artificial Grass Care

Now you've invested in your beautiful, evergreen lawn, whether it is an area for your young family to play, a place to entertain friends and family or whether you want to enjoy your retirement without the hassle of caring for a real lawn, artificial grass is very low maintenance, as there is no more mowing, watering or regular weeding.

Artificial grass is UV resistant, so it won't fade in the sunlight and it is easy to keep clean.

However like all things, it still needs a little TLC. Below is our guide to keeping your artificial grass looking as good as the day it was laid.

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Use a medium stiffness broom, once or twice a fortnight, lightly brush the grass, so not to misshape it, to remove any leaves or twigs. As with real grass heavy traffic areas can cause flat spots, gently brush the grass in the opposite direction to lift the fibre.

Using a leaf blower is the quickest way to remove leaves from the grass. However, if the leaves are wet it will not be as effective, these can be removed with a plastic rake. Do not allow wet leaves to accumulate as they can cause a drainage problem and as they may contain seeds, it is possible these seeds can sprout. Leaves and twigs can also be removed with a stiff broom or a plastic rake.

Although artificial grass can hinder the growth of weeds, some weeds may find their way through the drainage holes situated on the base of the grass.

Installing a protective membrane prior to the installing the grass will limit the amount of weeds protruding through, however some weeds may appear over time, which can just be picked out. To prevent weeds, use weed killer, once or twice a year and rake the grass regularly.

Trimming overhanging trees and bushes will limit the amount of debris falling from them and on to the grass.


The beauty of artificial grass is that it is cleaned by the rain. However, during dry periods and regular using of the grassed area will require it to be manually cleaned, now and then. To remove dust and dirt during dry periods, simply hose the grass down and allow it to dry. For more stubborn stains, see below.

As with all spillages, act quickly, to ensure that you remove most of the spillage before it has had time to harden. For liquid spillages, such as, fruit juice, alcohol, BBQ condiments, ice cream/lollies and blood, soak up as much of the spillage with kitchen roll or a clean cloth and rinse away any remaining residue with warm water.

If the stain has not completely been removed, make a solution of water and a gentle detergent (i.e. washing up liquid).

Apply to the stain and with a synthetic bristle brush or a clean cloth or sponge gently wipe the area to remove the stain, then rinse thoroughly with water from the garden hose or a watering can. For oil based stains such as, suntan lotion, cooking oil and grease use a small amount of white spirit diluted in water.

Do NOT use beach.


Artificial grass is perfect for pets, but like real grass, they like to do their business on it. Although artificial grass is not damaged by animal faeces or urine, it is still best to remove from it straightaway and the area washed down with a gentle detergent solution as strong smells can quickly build up especially in hot, dry weather. There are also many artificial grass cleaners available, from selected retailers, that will neutralise pet odours.


Harsh weather can take its toll on all gardens, however artificial grass can withstand extreme temperatures, frost will not damage it and the fibres will not snap or break. It is fully porous so snow and ice will melt naturally and drain away. It has UV protection and will not discolour in the sun. However, there are still some forces it cannot withstand.

  • Do not allow hot ashes from BBQ’s or allow cigarettes fall on to the grass and it will melt.
  • Move heavy items such as furniture, with care, especially items with metal legs, as dragging the furniture across the grass can cause damage. Also furniture sat in the same place for some time can flatten the grass, to encourage the grass to stand up again, gently brush or rake the fibres against the pile.