Are you thinking about investing in artificial grass, but worried about what happens if it gets damaged?
If you’d love to have the garden of your dreams, but you have kids, regular garden parties, barbecues or garden tools like hedge trimmers being used regularly, it can be a bit of a worry.
After all, artificial grass can be a considerable investment, and you’ll want your garden to stay looking good for its full duration – up to 20 years!
The good news is, there are things that can be done if your fake grass gets accidentally damaged. As an experienced artificial grass specialist, let me explain more below.
What happens if your artificial grass gets damaged?
I know this is a worst-case scenario, and you probably don’t want to think about it. However, let’s imagine for a second that a patch of your beautiful new grass has been melted by a nearby barbecue. I know, it’s a terrible thought.
However, the good news is that it CAN be patched. This is something that can be done with a great deal of care by an artificial grass specialist. The only thing is, the patch may look quite visible – at least at first. This is because the patch will be newer.
Also, depending on when you bought your grass, the same product may no longer be in stock. The other issue is that it may be the same product, but come from a different batch, making it not quite the same.
This is why it’s often easier – and looks better – when it’s just a very small area that needs to be patched. It’s easier to hide whilst the patched area settles in – which it will eventually do with a bit of footfall.
Can you repair your artificial grass yourself?
It’s not recommended. If you have damaged a patch of your artificial grass, please don’t try and fix it yourself. Instead, always seek an artificial grass specialist to help you, as this can make a world of difference. Preferably the one who installed your artificial grass in the first place.
An artificial grass specialist will carefully join in the patch, just the same as if they were joining two pieces of grass with glue or joining tape. They’d then power brush it as often as needed for it to blend in and look as natural as possible.
As a responsible artificial grass installer, we always leave any cut-offs from our customers’ grass for them to keep. This means that if there is ever any issue, we can ensure the same grass, from the same batch, can be used to patch the lawn and make it look a lot less obvious.
How to prevent damage to your new lawn
Remember, your artificial grass will melt when it comes into contact with open fire and hot objects.
These can include:
- Fire pits
- Motorised machinery (hedge trimmers etc.)
You should try to avoid all of the above where possible – or at least measures taken to protect the grass from coming into contact with these things.
This will help protect your investment, so you can enjoy its full benefit for longer.
Advice from an artificial grass specialist
Ask your artificial grass installer if they will leave any off-cuts of your grass for you to keep, just in the event that you need them later. It’s also worth discussing your concerns with them, and seeing what advice they give. They should also provide you with complete care instructions so you can ensure your grass keeps looking great for longer.
We recently had a customer get in touch about damage to grass through burning paper landing on it in four different areas. Because it had been fitted the previous year, we advised the customer that we’d have to check to see if their grass was still in stock.
Unfortunately, their specific grass was out of stock, as we had since updated it. As the damage was in four different areas, it was going to look very noticeable if we used a different grass altogether. The customer told us he was only really concerned about one area that was brown-ish in colour, whereas the other areas had only melted.
The customer eventually opted not to have the grass patched, as it could potentially look more obvious.
I hope you’ve found this article useful. No-one likes the thought of their investment getting damaged, but luckily there are steps that can be taken. Patching artificial grass can be tricky, so I recommend going to an artificial grass specialist. Your installer should provide you with off-cuts in the event damage were to occur – but do check first.
Do you have any questions about fixing damage to artificial grass? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!