Maintaining Your Shawgrass Turf

Making sure to follow these simple instructions will really extend the life and performance of your new lawn:

  • Clean surface regularly (debris and contaminant removal)
  • Not suitable for vehicle traffic, no heavy static loads, etc.
  • Ensure that minor repairs to your installation are made promptly



Cleaning Products:

Enzyme Cleaners – SCOE 10X. Odormute, Odoban, PET Stain-Off! and others. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application. These cleaners can be bought from different online sources.

Vinegar – Use 5% white distilled vinegar and stir it over all the turf.

Green Cleaners – Shaw R2X, Turf Renu or any type of detergent that is biodegradable, non-foaming, alcohol-free, and cleaners that make very low suds are best.

Degreasers or Mineral Spirits – These can clean petroleum stains and paint stains; however, you must wash away all of the cleaner out of your lawn.

Dishwashing Liquid/Household Detergent – combine dishwashing detergent or liquid with water (one teaspoon/gallon) for spot cleaning.

Bleach With bleach, clearing the area of moss and algae is simple. Dilute bleach (one part bleach to 10 parts water solution); however, you must rinse the cleaners entirely out of your lawn.

Ammonia – A three percent (3%) mix of ammonia and water can be used as a household cleaner for tough residue or stains.




Stains

Artificial grass fibers are among the most stain-resistant fibers. Therefore, most stains on our grass aren’t actually stains, but residues of other materials which should be efficiently and entirely removed.

Most “stains” that are mostly associated with synthetic grass can be called “waterborne” stains. Most spots and stains on artificial grass can be taken out using water or soap and water. The key is being quick to the job. It is much easier to clean up a recent spill so that it doesn’t have time to harden.

  • Get rid of any sticky or paste-like residue quickly using a spatula, or a dull knife
  • Brush the residue with a rigid brush (not a wire brush)
  • Use the brush to clean the turf with soap and water
  • Clean the turf fully with clear water to remove all traces of soap



Maintenance Care

  • Regular maintenance is highly recommended, but is based on the size of the turf area and how you use it.
  • You can use your leaf blower to remove fallen leaves and pine straw from trees regularly. These can trap moisture and won’t allow the turf to fully dry. Blow in a sideways motion across the surface to prevent misplacing the infill.  
  • In spots prone to moss/algae growth, a regular use of bleach solution is recommended. Dilute bleach (one part bleach to 10 parts water solution).
  • In spots prone to infill erosion or busy areas, more grooming and infill may be required (professional grooming is recommended).
  • More deeply stained areas might need professional power washing.



Pet Care

  • Scoop and dispose of waste materials promptly. Water the area locally but don’t hose solid pet waste away. This will only spread the waste over a bigger area.
  • In drier seasons, it is alright to leave behind solid smears to harden before pulling it out. When it is raining or humid, remove all residue right away to keep the it from breaking down.
  • You must assume your pets are urinating on your lawn, so make sure to treat the entire surface when sanitizing and deodorizing. A lot of sanitizing solutions require one gallon per 500 square feet of turf to achieve proper saturation. Use the sprinkler setting on most hose heads to disperse water over the area to drive the treatments down below the turf.
  • How much waste and use of the space determines how often the area should be groomed. Just one dog might only demand weekly cleaning while many dogs may need daily sanitation.
  • Spray down any watery or oily bits of residue with clean water. The underlayer is perforated so water and pet urine will drain down to the ground.
  • During winter and rainy seasons, watering is no longer needed. When summer comes around, the lawn should be irrigated weekly with full strength cleaners to treat solutions deep through the turf.
  • Substrates, such as concrete or wood, must be sanitized as use requires. Stop using cleaners with alcohol or harsh acids as these can damage the turf blades. (Glue down installations should be sanitized and rinsed periodically).

Caution: Common Hazards

Use proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

Hot temperatures and open flame exposure will need replacement of the affected area.

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