Considering installing your own artificial grass greens? Then you've come to the right place.
Today, we're going to tell you 8 artificial green installation tips to keep your installation going smoothly.
There are many reasons why people choose to install artificial greens in their gardens. Being able to hone your putting skills in the comfort of your own home can save a lot of time and money. It's also a great way to socialize and entertain family and friends.
Choosing artificial putter grass means you can play year-round with little maintenance at all.
Fortunately, installing artificial grass isn't too difficult, as long as you have some basic DIY skills, follow our basic installation process, and have the right tools for the job.
Also, there are some trading tips that will not only speed up the installation process, but will hopefully prevent any avoidable mistakes. Here are our top tips to help you install the best artificial putting green grass.
1. Install your putting green cups before unfolding the turf
One of the most important features of any green is the hole itself. These should be in place before you unfold your putter turf.
You can use ready-mix mortar or hand-mix ballast and cement to form concrete.
The cup should be surrounded by concrete, leaving a 2-3mm rim from the top of the cup. This lip will allow enough height to cover the backing material while allowing the length of the fluff past the rim of the cup for the ball to roll in.
2. Make sure your putting green cup is level
When we're talking about putting green cups, one of the biggest installation mistakes we've seen is not making sure the putter cup is level.
We recommend using a boat level to ensure this is done correctly. Just place the level on top of the cup and position it so that the air bubble is in the center and you can use concrete to hold it in place.
3. Make holes in the turf
It is important to remember the approximate location of the hole before unfolding the turf for easy positioning when cutting into the putting hole.
Cutting your green hole should be the last thing you cut. Why? Because if you don't position your turf exactly right, or if you cut the perimeter wrong, moving your turf to adjust it means you have a hole in your turf and you didn't want it!
By cutting into the perimeter first, you can choose to move the turf and try cutting in again. A hole cut in the middle of your green can be repaired, but for beginners it can be difficult to make the repair invisible.
Once you're happy with the perimeter, you can locate the hole by tapping at the approximate location and listening for the hollow sound. Test if you've found the hole by piercing the turf with a small cut, if you don't hit any solids, you know you've found the hole. Sod can be easily removed using a plastic cup as a cutting guide.
Bonus tip: keep the corners and place them at the bottom of the hole; this will prevent sand from filling the bottom of the cup, and you can also remove the corners for easier cleaning.
4. Give your artificial putter time to adapt
This may seem like an odd thing, but it's actually an important part of the installation process.
What exactly does it mean? In simple terms, this means you spread out your grass and leave it.
We recommend that you allow approximately 24 hours for your turf to "acclimate". This acclimatization period allows the backrest on the lawn to "relax" a bit, making positioning and mowing easier.
Artificial grass is supplied and shipped in 2m or 4m wide rolls. The grass wraps tightly around the reel, and due to the memory-like properties of the backing material, when you first unroll the sod, it may begin to crease and ripple from the time it was rolled. The acclimation process gives the backing material time to settle and the creases and ripples will begin to disappear. This means it's easier to achieve crease-free on your greens.
5. Always use a sharp knife
When installing artificial putter grass, you need to be very careful to make sure it is cut correctly. A knife can damage your installation.
When cutting artificial grass, the blade needs to be sharp. Most artificial putter grass has a hard latex backing that can be difficult to cut, especially with a dull knife. Don't be afraid to keep changing your cutting blades to ensure you always have a sharp knife.
We also recommend trying flat and hooked blades. The hook blade is designed for cutting floor materials, and you may find it easier to cut your putter turf with it.
Either way, making sure you always have a good quality sharp blade in your retractable knife will help you cut fake grass quickly and accurately.
6. Make sure the edge where the green grass is placed is safe
The last thing you want is to trip over the edge of your turf. So it makes sense to make sure the edges are fixed properly.
You can use various forms of edge constraints. These include treated lumber, plastic lumber, concrete soffits and metal edging.
Whichever method you choose, you need to make sure that the edges of the grass are properly secured. For wood and plastic lumber, this may mean using galvanized nails spaced about 20cm apart. Other forms of edging may require the use of adhesive, which can be easily applied with an airbrush applicator. Either way, don't forget to make sure your green perimeter is safe.
7. Use a lot of kiln-dried sand filler
We have consistently praised the advantages of using kiln-dried sand infill in all artificial turf applications; however, we prefer artificial green turf.
We recommend filling your greens with as much sand as possible, leaving only the visible yarn tips. Depending on the pile length of the turf, it usually ranges from 2kg to 4kg per square meter.
In addition to aiding drainage, adding ballast to prevent creases and ripples, helping keep grass cool in summer and extending the life of putter grass, the silica sand filler helps ensure smooth and consistent ball rolling.
8. Rent a mechanical brush
While our theme is using kiln-dried sand, we strongly recommend that you rent a mechanical power brush to help with installation.
Due to the dense hay mounds of many artificial putters (over 80,000 stitches per square meter in UDINE Putting Green), it is difficult to dig sand to the bottom of the pile.
It is important that the sand is at the bottom of the pile to allow it to function fully and prevent it from settling naturally over time.
Using a mechanical brush will speed up the installation process.
If you can't rent a mechanical brush, your best bet is to buy an artificial grass rake. It will make the process a bit longer, but it will achieve the same result, nonetheless.
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