March 14, 2022

Why you should hire the pros, and why Southwest Greens is leader in the industry for installation practices.

Perhaps you are asking yourself, “Can I install artificial grass myself?” While it’s possible for you to install artificial grass yourself, it is not easy. The tools and equipment you would need cost a lot, it takes a while to do it yourself, and you could run the risk of voiding any warranties on the turf. Let’s look at why you need to have your artificial golf turf professionally installed and the best practices for artificial turf installation.


WHY PROFESSIONAL ARTIFICIAL GRASS INSTALLATION

Whether you’re looking to add an artificial golf green to your personal property, or you’re managing a commercial golf course, having artificial turf installed by a professional will save you time, headaches, and money — and, in the long run, yield a better-looking green.


Saved Time

Even small DIY projects can quickly turn into a big deal. We’ve all been there. Multiple trips to the big box store for supplies and tools we didn’t realize we need, plans not going according to plan, many days of hard work? Choosing to have your turf installed professionally, you will save a lot of time and can enjoy the greens sooner.

To install artificial golf greens properly, you will need to level the ground, add a crushed aggregate base, add padding, place the turf, add infill, and roll the turf to ensure ideal playability and to make it look like real turf. Cutting edges to have clean borders can also be difficult and takes years of experience to get just right. All of this means you need some very specific tools and knowledge to do correctly to avoid messy sections and edges that end up peeling up creating a terrible looking green.


Difficult Soil/Landscape

An ideal soil is rare. Most property owners will agree to this. It is very rare to be able to get your shovel into the ground without problems. Instead, we must work with rocks, thick clay, or soil filled with roots from nearby trees and plants in many locations. Even digging can be tiring work. Worse, if you are cutting into roots, you could be killing surrounding plants and trees you might want to keep.

We have faced obstacles like large boulders, old (or new) irrigation lines, and stumps on many of our installation projects. Each of these items have to be repurposed or removed. Excavation results in tons of soil you may not need — where would you go with it? We regularly have to move this unwanted soil offsite.

A pro turf installer can coordinate all of this for you. So if you’re not wanting to do very difficult manual labor or you do not know how to dispose of your excavated soil, hiring an installer for your project is your best option.


Large Areas

When golf green is installed in a large area, seaming becomes among the most challenging parts of the turf to install correctly. This is the way two or more pieces are The process is like carpet installation, when turf seams are joined correctly, they aren’t noticeable. Seams that are not joined correctly will be noticeable and give a terrible looking finished product.

Imagine rolling up a a poster or sheet of paper. Do you always get perfect alignment when attempting to execute a good roll? Sometimes you don’t get a clean edge, but end up with paper sticking out on one side. This also is possible when seaming artificial turf. One minor error in the beginning will throw the whole project off and look awful when finished. A professional installer will have tons of experience installing seams and will make sure everything looks amazing before they are done.


THE SOUTHWEST GREENS WAY

There are three things that differentiate Southwest Greens from everyone else in the turf industry — craftsmanship, guarantees, and customer service. We do not believe in generic artificial turf installations, and because of this, we have mastered the art and the science of artificial turf installation. We have built our process with over 6,000 golf greens across the globe under our belts.

Here is a quick look at how our artificial putting green installation process works.

  • A base made of crushed aggregate, which, unlike concrete, can be moistened and molded to form challenging breaks and undulations.
  • Then we install a cushion pad, at a minimum, to help the ball roll and shot absorption, then we install our state-of-the-art polypropylene turf material that’s used to recreate the bright green color, softness, and playability of real grass.
  • Then we in-fill the turf with a formulation of fine-coated silica sand that gives it the touch and feel of regular grass.
  • Finally, roll the turf to give the effect of true bent grass green. Options include the installation of first and second cuts fringe, sand traps, bunkers, fairways, and roughs.

Watch our installation process video here.


READY FOR YOUR GREENS?

Make sure to take a look at our grass collections. We are here to help you when you’re ready. Contact us to get a quote for your project — whether or not it’s a backyard putting green or a full-size golf course, we’ve got you covered.

5x Golf Digest Award Winner
Golf Digest Editors Choice Award
Best Synthetic Putting Green