Updated/Fact-Chacked on August 20, 2020 by Mary
Artificial grass is the best thing since sliced bread.
You get everything that you love about natural grass plus a more uniform look without the tiresome mowing and irrigation. Its versatile applications in sports and landscaping, whether it’s for residential or commercial use, help its popularity grow.
That said, artificial grass isn’t wholly without maintenance. It needs a bit of care and you may very well have to deal with moss growth.
So, we’re here to help you not have to deal with these furry greens.
The 5 Steps for Getting Rid of Moss
Moss that exists on the very surface of the grass is the easiest to remove. Remember to pull it gently.
Power wash or use a pressure hose to give the grass some serious rinsing down. This step gets rid of any excess moss that you couldn’t remove yourself. Wait until the grass dries before the next step.
Apply or spray a moss-killing treatment on the grass. Read the instructions of each treatment before use. Make sure to get one that isn’t too harsh or damaging because you want to kill the moss, not the grass.
This step depends on the instructions of the moss killer. Some need to be left for hours then rinsed, while others don’t. Check if your moss killer needs rinsing.
Sweep or rake the dead moss off the grass. We recommend using a plastic rake or a soft-bristled broom for this step. Reapply once every few weeks if you still see moss until there isn’t any left.
Why Does Moss Grow on Artificial Grass?
This rootless plant tends to grow in natural environments that invite it by providing humidity, moisture, and shade.
While artificial grass is, well, artificial, we place it on the outside, exposing it to the elements. Also, when surrounded by shade and walls that restrict airflow, the grass will trap moisture that exists due to irrigation or rain, leading to moss growth.
How to Maintain Artificial Grass
While success in removing and killing moss feels nice, failure to maintain your grass properly will lead to moss regrowth. So, follow the tips down below to make sure that it won’t happen again.
- Try not to leave any leaves or debris on the grass. Leaf blowers or vacuums are essential for keeping your artificial turf clean.
- Brushing your grass keeps it fresh and new. Do it every two months and follow the cross-brushing technique for a lush look and to prevent the grass from getting matted.
- Rinsing the grass helps in removing dust, airborne pollutants, and organic materials that may or may not be visible to you. Do this more often in dry weather.
There is no doubt that artificial grass is much less of a hassle than its natural counterpart. However, even this synthetic invention encounters organic problems such as moss growth.
Removing moss is fairly simple, and keeping your grass clean and lush will prevent it from regrowing. Proper maintenance, in the long run, extends the lifespan of your artificial turf.
Mary shares a passion for gardening with her husband John, though she is more focused on growing veg on their allotment at St. Margaret’s Allotments, Durham. Mary also works in the lawn care industry and manages the lawns for the Durham University campus.