According to a lot of artificial grass manufacturers, once you have replaced natural grass with an artificial turf field your maintenance worries will evaporate and you will be left with free time instead. While this is true to a certain extent there are still important and regular maintenance tasks that will be required to keep the artificial turf looking fresh and new.
The fact is that while there are tasks that need performing to ensure the quality of the artificial turf surface is maintained, they are nowhere near as back breaking or time consuming. As long as you use the correct tools and carry out the grooming tasks frequently the artificial turf maintenance tasks should be finished relatively quickly.
It is necessary to remove dirt, leaf matter and other foreign objects from the field's surface. It is also necessary to ensure that the artificial turf fibers don't become compacted, a situation that can result in dangerous footing as well as supplying a place for bacterial growth. Sweeping and grooming on a regular basis is required. Similarly, carrying out the basic grooming tasks will require the use of machinery, some of which is petrol powered so any lawn-mowing savings are offset by the use of a small lawn tractor to pull the sweeping equipment.
Following the sweeping process is the necessary redistribution of the rubber infill granules to ensure that they are evenly spread across the entire playing surface. Fluffing of the grass fibers will be required and perhaps the use of a leaf blower to remove surface material that has been blown onto the field.
Exactly how often these tasks must be performed will depend completely on how frequently the field is used. A field that is used a couple of times a week will have to be groomed more often than a field that is only used every fortnight. Even if the field is not used so often there will still be dust and dirt to remove to ensure no unwanted weeds can be allowed to take root.
As mentioned earlier, though, the tasks required to keep a synthetic turf field properly cared for are nowhere near as difficult as those necessary for natural grass turf. Time and cost of maintenance are both greatly reduced and these reductions become more obvious over time.