March 14, 2022

Why hiring the pros matters, and why Southwest Greens of Houston is the industry leader for installation practices.

You may be asking yourself, “Can I install artificial grass myself?” While it’s possible you can install artificial grass by yourself, it’s not easy. The tools and equipment you would need cost a lot, it’s time-consuming to DIY, and you could void any warranties on the turf. Let’s learn 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 are interested in adding an artificial golf green to your home, or you’re managing a commercial golf course, having artificial turf installed professionally will save you time, headaches, and money — and, long-term, give you a more attractive green.


Saved Time

Even seemingly small do-it-yourself projects can easily become a big problem. We’ve all been there. Multiple trips to the hardware store for supplies and tools we didn’t realize we’d need, plans not going to plan, multiple days of back-breaking work? When you have your turf installed by a pro, you’ll save time and you will enjoy the greens sooner.

In order 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 get the best playability and to make it look like real turf. Trimming edges to have clean borders is challenging and requires years of experience to get it just right. All of this necessitates some very specific tools and knowledge to execute correctly in order to avoid messy sections or edges that end up peeling up creating a terrible look.


Difficult Soil/Landscape

Perfect soil is hard to find. Most property owners will agree to this. It’s quite rare to be able to get your shovel into the soil easily. Instead, we must struggle with stones, thick clay, or soil overrun with root systems from trees and plants nearby in many locations. Just digging can become grueling work. Plus, if you are digging into roots, you could be damaging surrounding plants and trees you want.

On a lot of our installations, we’ve had to deal with obstacles like large boulders, old (and new) irrigation lines, stumps, to name a few. All of these things have to be removed or repurposed. Excavation itself also produces tons of soil you may not want — what is your plan to deal with it? We regularly have to move this excess soil offsite.

A pro installer can arrange all of this . So if you don’t want to do very difficult manual labor or don’t know what to do with your excavated soil, hiring a pro installer for your project is your best option.


Large Areas

When you install a golf green in a large area, seaming is one of the trickiest aspects of the turf to install correctly. This is how two or more pieces are [[bound together|joined together|combined. This is similar to carpet installation, when artificial turf seams are done right, they’re not noticeable. When seams are not done the right way, they will stand out and give a terrible looking finished product.

Imagine this: rolling a poster or sheet of paper. Do you always get perfect alignment when attempting to execute a good roll? Rather than a clean edge, you sometimes end up with paper sticking out on one side. This same process is possible when seaming artificial turf. One small misstep in the beginning will throw the whole project off and look bad in the end. Professional installers will have tons of experience doing seams and they’ll make certain everything looks great before they’re finished.


THE SOUTHWEST GREENS WAY

There are three specific things that separate Southwest Greens of Houston from others in the turf industry — craftsmanship, guarantees, and customer service. We do not believe in one-size-fits-all artificial turf installations, and because of this, we have mastered the art and science of Houston artificial turf installation. We’ve built our process with more than 6,000 golf greens worldwide under our belts.

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

  • A base made of crushed aggregate, which can be moistened and molded to create challenging breaks and undulations, unlike concrete.
  • Then we install at least a cushion pad that helps the ball roll and shot absorption, next we install our state-of-the-art polypropylene turf material that’s used to mimic the lush green color, softness, and playability of natural grass.
  • Then we in-fill the turf with a formulation of fine-coated silica sand to give it the touch and feel of organic grass.
  • Finally, the tops are rolled to make the effect of true bent grass green. Options include the installation of first and second cuts fringe, bunkers, sand traps, roughs, and fairways.

You can watch our video on our installation process here.


READY FOR YOUR GREENS?

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

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