Homeowners in dry climates such as San Diego, Las Vegas, and Phoenix are switching to artificial grass due to its low-maintenance nature. After all, it doesn’t need to be watered or mowed to remain verdant year-round. However, your artificial grass landscaping can still suffer noticeable wear and tear in high-traffic areas if you don’t look after it properly.
If you notice that your synthetic turf lawn looks a little flat and lifeless compared to when it was freshly installed, it may be time to consider reblooming your turf. Although your turf blades won’t turn brown, they can become matted due to foot traffic or debris, so reblooming your turf blades is a maintenance necessity. Here’s how it works and how often you should be reblooming your synthetic grass lawn.
What Is Artificial Turf Reblooming?
Reblooming artificial turf is often a new and unfamiliar concept to first-time turf owners. It refers to the process of fluffing up your individual grass blade fibers to keep them upright and counteract any matting that will naturally occur over time from use. Reblooming is a crucial part of synthetic grass maintenance, helping bring your turf back to life and making it look as lush as the day it was installed. Reblooming can be done by hand using a manual rake or comb such as TurFresh’s proprietary TurfComb, or it can be done using a power broom.
In the case of a turf comb or rake, you can rebloom your turf by cross-brushing it. This means brushing your turf in the opposite direction of which the fibers are leaning; think of it as brushing against the grain. This counteractive force will revitalize the turf fibers and help them stand upright within the infill.
When it comes to using a power broom, a rotating drum with synthetic bristles will lift the matted blades of grass and bring them into an upright position as the power broom is moved across the lawn. Due to their rotating drum, power brooms are much easier and less labor-intensive than manual combing, which makes them preferred for professional cleanings or large expanses of synthetic grass.
What Are the Benefits of Synthetic Turf Reblooming?
Like many aspects of artificial turf maintenance, synthetic turf reblooming is not technically an absolute necessity; however, it has significant benefits for the appearance and functionality of your lawn. The first and most apparent benefit is the overall appearance.
Artificial grass that is regularly rebloomed and has fluffy, upright blades will look the best; it will maintain a lush and full appearance that most closely replicates the look of well-maintained natural grass. Matted artificial turf, especially if it has a long pile height, can look messy and lifeless, which most homeowners often want to avoid when switching to synthetic turf.
Reblooming your turf also helps the turf’s drainage keep working at 100 percent capacity. If you allow your turf blades to become severely matted, the horizontal blade fibers can obstruct drainage, creating stagnant pools of water, which encourage mold, mildew, or bugs to populate your lawn. Inadequate drainage can also be a severe detriment if you’re a pet owner; without the ability to easily rinse away pet waste, your lawn can become odorous and a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. By taking a few minutes every so often to rebloom turf blades, you can save yourself hours of much more intensive maintenance and repairs down the road.
How Often Should You Rebloom Your Artificial Grass Lawn?
It is important to know how often to rebloom your lawn, as reblooming it too frequently can cause damage, including excessive wear, matting, memory loss, split fibers and a voided manufacturer warranty. However, if you don’t rebloom your turf frequently enough, you can suffer any of the issues outlined in the paragraphs above.
To avoid these issues, it’s best to hire a professional who knows how and when to rebloom synthetic turf blades to achieve the best lawn possible. TurFresh’s TurfBloom artificial grass maintenance service was created with this in mind, offering customizable service plan schedules that suit each household’s needs and budget.
Our trained turf technicians will remove debris, rebloom turf blades, and closely inspect your lawn to ensure it’s in good condition. We also perform turf reblooming as part of our 10-point TurfClean turf maintenance service for an even more comprehensive lawn care plan.
If you’d like to learn more about TurFresh’s artificial turf maintenance services or book your first artificial turf reblooming appointment, give us a call today at (855) 444-8873 or fill out our online contact form. If you want to try synthetic grass maintenance for yourself, you can visit our online store for a wide range of turf cleaning products specially created for artificial grass, including the TurfComb for foolproof artificial turf reblooming.