Maintaining Your TurfGlo Lawn in the Australian Winter

Artificial grass is a favourite for Australian homes and businesses, offering low-maintenance and year-round greenery. However, like any outdoor surface, it can be susceptible to mould and mildew. These unwelcome guests can mar your lawn’s appearance, emit unpleasant odours, and pose health risks. This guide will help you identify, prevent, and tackle mould and mildew on your TurfGlo artificial grass.

Identifying Mould and Mildew

Mould: Usually presents as green, black, or white fuzzy patches and emits a musty, earthy smell.

Mildew: Appears as a powdery white or grey substance, also with a musty odour.

Both thrive in damp, shady areas with poor air circulation.

Why Does Mould and Mildew Grow on Artificial Grass?

  • Lack of Drainage: Insufficient drainage can trap water and organic debris, providing a breeding ground for mould spores.
  • Shade and Moisture: Prolonged exposure to shade and moisture creates ideal conditions for growth.
  • Organic Debris: Leaves, pet waste, food spills, and pollen can accumulate, feeding mould and mildew.

Risks of Mould and Mildew

  • Aesthetic Concerns: Unsightly, discoloured patches can spoil the look of your lawn.
  • Unpleasant Odours: Musty smells can make outdoor spaces less enjoyable.
  • Health Hazards: Mould can trigger allergies and respiratory issues.
  • Surface Damage: If ignored, mould can damage the backing of your artificial grass, affecting its longevity.

Preventing Mould and Mildew

  • Proper Installation: Ensure good drainage and avoid overly shady areas during installation.
  • Regular Cleaning: Routine brushing, rinsing, and debris removal prevent build-up and mould growth.
  • Air Circulation: Trim trees or bushes to allow sunlight and airflow to reach your lawn.
  • Address Pet Waste: Promptly clean up pet waste to maintain hygiene.

Treating Mould and Mildew

If you spot mould or mildew, take immediate action:

  • Pre-Clean: Brush away and rinse off loose debris or spores from the affected area.
  • Mild Cases: Use a solution of 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water. Spray on the area, let sit for 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
  • Moderate Growth: Diluted bleach (use cautiously) or a specialist artificial grass cleaner might be necessary.
  • Severe Infestations: For extensive mould or mildew, professional deep cleaning and sanitization services are recommended.


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