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Removing wood chips from artificial turf #5276438 11/24/19 04:39 PM
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Recently purchased a home with artificial turf.

The areas around the turf have wood chops. We recently had a “wind storm” and along with my lack of weekly maintenance, this is a bit of a mess.

I tried blowing with my leaf blower but wood chips are not coming off of the turf. They are pretty much “packed in.” Raking works but is very slow and time consuming.

Are there any other methods or strategies that anyone can recommend?

Thanks.

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Re: Removing wood chips from artificial turf [Re: The Critic] #5276455 11/24/19 04:58 PM
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Shopvac.

Re: Removing wood chips from artificial turf [Re: The Critic] #5276456 11/24/19 04:59 PM
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Shop vac?


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Re: Removing wood chips from artificial turf [Re: The Critic] #5276457 11/24/19 04:59 PM
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Try using a shop vac with a floor nozzle.


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Re: Removing wood chips from artificial turf [Re: Skippy722] #5276466 11/24/19 05:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Skippy722
Shop vac?


This but seriously tear it up and plant the real thing.


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Re: Removing wood chips from artificial turf [Re: The Critic] #5276467 11/24/19 05:16 PM
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Some leaf blowers have a vacuum attachment

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I would replace the wood chips with small rocks or pebbles.


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Re: Removing wood chips from artificial turf [Re: The Critic] #5276486 11/24/19 05:48 PM
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Be careful with the shop vac if you have infill.

Re: Removing wood chips from artificial turf [Re: JohnnyJohnson] #5276521 11/24/19 06:44 PM
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Originally Posted by JohnnyJohnson
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Shop vac?


This but seriously tear it up and plant the real thing.


Meh... I keep threatening my wife with ripping up all the grass and putting down rock.


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Re: Removing wood chips from artificial turf [Re: The Critic] #5276524 11/24/19 06:45 PM
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Geez. Nothing is ever easy. Shop vac like others suggested even if you have to remove the worst offenders by hand. Then try a product like Bark Binder to seal in your mulch to prevent blow off . Give the artificial turf a fair shot. For small areas it’s ok. Natural grass is its own pita.

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What is under your Astro turf?

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You get what you pay for...
So keep in mind how much you paid for this advice.
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It's a small area. Get your rake and rake it up. That may take all of 20 minutes. If you can't spare 20 minutes to do a bit of yard work, getcha one of those 30+ inch plastic yard rakes. That'll take about 7 minutes.

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I bought a leaf vacuum about a year ago that would likely suck those right up.

Re: Removing wood chips from artificial turf [Re: The Critic] #5276879 11/25/19 08:42 AM
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I have this one and it works well. It can be converted to a blower with the flip of a lever. The included bag will hold all your wood chips. It's a bit cumbersome for really large areas but for your needs it should pay for itself in short order. Obviously you'll need a long stout extension cord.

Very nice house by the way. You have done well.

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