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8 Artificial Golf Putting Green Installation Tips

8 Artificial Golf Putting Green Installation Tips

Dec 13,2022
Want to install your own artificial grass putting green? Then you have come to the right place.
Today, we take a look at eight artificial putting green installation tips to ensure your installation runs smoothly.
There are so many reasons why people choose to install artificial putting greens in their gardens. Being able to hone your putting skills in the comfort of your own home saves so much time and money. It's also a great way to socialize and entertain family and friends.
Choosing artificial putting grass means that you can play all year round and don't require much maintenance at all.
Fortunately, installing artificial grass isn't too tricky, as long as you have some basic DIY skills, follow our basic installation process, and have some of the right tools for the job at hand.
Also, there are some tricks of the trade that will not only speed up the installation process but also hopefully prevent any avoidable mistakes. Below are our top tips to help you install the best artificial grass putting green.
1. Install Your Putting Green Cup Before Unrolling Your Turf
One of the most important features of a putting green is the hole itself. These should be concretely in place before you spread out your putting grass.
You can use ready-mixed mortar or mix ballast and cement by hand to form your concrete.
The cup should be surrounded by concrete leaving a 2-3mm lip from the top of the cup. This lip will be high enough to cover the backing material while allowing the length of the ball pile to remain over the rim of the cup for the balls to roll into.
2. Ensure Your Putting Green Cups are Level
When we talk about placing green cups, one of the biggest installation mistakes we see is not making sure the green cups are level.

We recommend using a boat spirit level to ensure it is done correctly. Just place the level on top of the cup and position it so the air bubble is in the center, then you can use concrete to hold it in place.
3. Cutting in Your Putting Green Cups Should Be the Last Thing You Cut
It is important to remember the approximate location of the holes before spreading out the lawn so that they can be easily located when cutting the putter holes.

Chipping into your putting green should be the last thing you do. Why? Because if you don't place your lawn exactly right, or if you make a mistake cutting around the perimeter, moving the lawn to make adjustments will mean leaving a hole in your lawn where you didn't want it!

By cutting the perimeter first, you can choose to move the lawn and try cutting again. Holes cut in the middle of the putting green can be repaired, but the repair process is difficult to hide from the novice.

Once you're happy with the girth, you can locate the hole by tapping the approximate location and listening for the hollow sound. Test if you've found the hole by poking through the turf with a small cut, if you don't hit anything solid you'll know you've found the hole. Sod is easily removed using the plastic cup as a cutting guide.

Tip: Keep the scraps and place them at the bottom of the hole; this will keep the sand filling from falling to the bottom of the cup, and you'll also be able to remove the cuttings for easier cleaning.
4. Allow Your Artificial Putting Grass Time to Acclimatise
This might seem like an odd thing to do, but it's actually an important part of the installation process.

What the hell does this mean? In simple terms, this means you spread out your grass and leave it.

We recommend that you allow about 24 hours for your lawn to "acclimate." This acclimation period allows the lawn's backing to "relax" a bit, making positioning and mowing easier.

Artificial grass is supplied and shipped in 2m or 4m wide rolls. The grass is tightly wrapped around the roll, and due to the memory-like quality of the backing material, when you first unroll the lawn, it will likely run through its creases and corrugations from when it was rolled up. The acclimatization process gives the backing material time to settle and the creases and ripples will begin to disappear. This means it will be easier to achieve a crease-free finish on your putting greens.
5. Always use a Sharp Knife
When installing artificial putting grass, you need to be very careful to ensure it is cut properly. One mistake can ruin your installation.

When cutting artificial grass, we recommend you use a Stanley knife - the blade needs to be sharp. Most artificial putting grass has a hard latex backing that can be difficult to cut through, especially with a dull knife. Don't be afraid to keep changing your cutting blades to make sure you always have a sharp knife.

We also recommend trying flat blades and hook blades. Hooked blades are designed for cutting flooring materials, and you may find it easier to cut your putter lawn with a hooked blade.

Either way, make sure you always keep a good quality sharp blade secured in your extendable knife, this will help you cut through fake grass quickly and accurately.
6. Ensure the Edges of Putting Green Grass Are Secure
The last thing you want is to trip over the edge of your turf. So it makes sense to make sure the edges are properly anchored.

You can use various forms of edge constraints. These include treated timber, plastic timber, concrete waistlines and metal edges.

No matter which method you choose, you'll want to make sure the edges of the grass are properly secured. For wood and plastic lumber this might mean using galvanized nails spaced about 20cm apart. Other forms of edging may require the use of adhesives such as Aquabond, which can be easily applied with a spray gun. Either way, don't forget to make sure the perimeter of the green is safe.

7. Use Plenty of Kiln-Dried Sand Infill
We have always extolled the advantages of using kiln-dried sand infill for all artificial turf applications; however, we prefer artificial turf for putting greens.

We recommend filling the greens with as much sand as possible, leaving only the yarn tips visible. Depending on the pile length of the lawn, this can typically be anywhere from 2kg to 4kg per square metre.

In addition to helping with drainage, adding ballast to prevent wrinkling and rippling, helping your grass stay cooler in the summer, and prolonging the life of your putting grass, the silica sand infill helps ensure a smooth and consistent ball roll.
8. Hire a Mechanical Brush
While we're talking about using kiln-dried sand, we highly recommend hiring a mechanical power brush to help with the installation.

Because many artificial push grasses are so densely piled (over 80,000 needles per square meter), it is difficult to get the sand down to the bottom of the pile.

It is important that the sand sits at the bottom of the pile so that it can do its best work and prevent it from settling naturally over time.

Using a mechanical brush will speed up the installation process.

If you can't rent mechanical brushes, your next best thing is to buy an artificial grass rake. It will make the process a bit longer and require more effort, but it will achieve the same result, nonetheless.
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