St. Louis artificial turf is a great alternative to natural grass and can be installed in even the most challenging climates. And unlike real grass, you don’t have to water it every day, which cuts down both the time and money you spend on lawn irrigation.

However, there are still certain times when you may need to hose down synthetic turf:

When Dust and Dirt Starts to Build Up in artificial turf

Eventually, dust and dirt will start building up on St. Louis artificial turf. Too much and they can clog up the backing and affect drainage.

To prevent this, you should regularly spray your grass off with a hose. Just make sure to use low pressure so you don’t damage the turf fibers or any other components of your lawn installation.

After Your Pet Pees or Poops on Your Synthetic Lawn

It’s easier to clean up pet waste from synthetic grass in St. Louis, since pee and poop residue will simply drain down the turf and through the backing. However, we do recommend cleaning up and hosing down your dog’s potty areas as soon as they finish doing their business.

This helps prevent unpleasant smells from building up on your lawn. It also keeps your synthetic yard sanitary.

After Gardening

Similarly, any soil or dirt from your garden can be washed away with the hose. Whether you’re trimming hedges, planting flowers or have been digging in your planters and pots for hours on end to rejuvenate your lawn’s soil and roots – just spray everything down when you’re done.

In Case of Spills and Stains

If you spill liquid on your lawn – whether it’s a drink from a barbecue party or paint from an outdoor craft session – it’s a good idea to clean it up ASAP.

Some liquids can stain artificial grass if left to sit too long, such as wine, coffee and other dark liquids. Sweet drinks can attract ants and other insects to the area. Furthermore, thicker liquids like sauces and oil can clog the drainage. Finally organic spills can rot and smell bad over time.

So if you spill something, try to immediately hose off the area and wash it away with soap or detergent as soon as possible to keep stains from setting in. If a stain does set, use very mild detergent to break it down – never use abrasive cleaners on synthetic grass! Harsh chemicals like bleach can damage the turf fibers and lead to more expensive repairs down the line.

When It’s Too Hot Outside

While artificial turf in St. Louis can withstand extremely high temperatures, it’s best to hose down your lawn during the hottest days of summer. Synthetic turf doesn’t get as hot as materials like concrete, but it can get a little warmer than real grass. Hosing it down keeps the surface cooler and more comfortable for bare feet.

Additionally, you can turn this into a fun activity for the family! For instance, let your kids and pets run through misting sprinklers or portable misters. You can also set up a kiddie pool and fill it with water so your kids and pets have something to splash around in on those hot days, while cooling down your synthetic lawn at the same time.

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In conclusion, you don’t have to water artificial grass. However, there are cases when you’ll have to use water as part of synthetic turf maintenance. Most importantly, the more proactive you are, the fewer problems and issues you’ll have with your artificial lawn.

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