March 14, 2022

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

Maybe you’re asking yourself, “Can I install artificial grass myself?” Yes, it is possible to install artificial grass by yourself, but it is not an easy feat. The equipment and tools you’d need cost a lot, it takes a long time to DIY, and you could run the risk of voiding any warranties. Let’s look at why you need to have your artificial golf turf installed by a professional who follows the best practices for artificial turf installation.


WHY PROFESSIONAL ARTIFICIAL GRASS INSTALLATION

Whether or not you are interested in adding a golf green to your personal property, or a commercial golf course, having artificial turf installed professionally will save you time, money, and headaches — and, long-term, give you a better-looking green.


Saved Time

Even seemingly small do-it-yourself projects can quickly turn into a big problem. Haven’t we all been there? Repeat trips to the big box store for supplies and tools we didn’t know we needed, plans not going to plan, days and days of laborious work? Choosing to have your turf installed by a professional, you’ll save so much time and be able to enjoy the greens sooner.

In order to install artificial golf greens properly, you’ll need to level the ground, add a base of cushed aggregate, add padding, lay the turf, add infill, and roll the turf to have the best playability and to make it look realistic. Cutting edges to have clean borders is also challenging and needs years of experience to get just right. All of this means you need some certain tools and knowledge to execute correctly to avoid goofy sections or edges that start peeling up creating a terrible look.


Difficult Soil/Landscape

An ideal soil is scarce. Most property owners can attest to this. It is quite rare to be able to get your shovel into the dirt without problems. Instead, we work with stones, clay, or soil permeated with root systems from nearby trees and plants in many locations. Just digging can become grueling work. And, if you are digging into roots, you could be killing surrounding trees you want.

We’ve had to deal with obstacles like boulders, old (and new) irrigation lines, and tree stumps on many of our installation projects. Each of these obstacles have to be removed or repurposed. Excavation also produces tons of soil you may not have a use for — what is your plan to deal with it? We often have to transport this unwanted soil offsite.

A professional turf installer can address all of this for you. So if you’re not wanting to do very difficult manual labor or don’t know how to dispose of your excavated soil, hiring a pro installer for your project is your best choice.


Large Areas

When you install a golf green in a large area, seaming is among the trickiest aspects of the turf to do correctly. Seeming is the method of joining two or more pieces together. Very similar to carpet installation, when turf seams are done right, they’re not noticeable. When seams aren’t done the right way, they will stand out and provide a terrible looking finished product.

Imagine rolling a sheet of paper or a poster. Do you always get the alignment perfect when attempting to get a good roll? Sometimes you don’t get a clean edge, but end up with paper sticking out on one side. This same process is possible when seaming artificial turf. One tiny error at the start of the process will mess up the whole project and look awful when finished. A professional installer will have plenty of experience doing seams and they’ll ensure everything looks fantastic before they’re done.


THE SOUTHWEST GREENS WAY

There are three specific things that differentiate Southwest Greens of Eastern Washington from everyone else in the turf industry — craftsmanship, guarantees, and customer service. We don’t believe in generic artificial turf installations, and because of that, we’ve perfected the art and the science of Kennewick artificial turf installation. We’ve built our process with at least 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 make challenging breaks and undulations.
  • Then we install at least a cushion pad to assist the ball roll and shot absorption, then we bring in our state-of-the-art polypropylene turf material that is used to recreate the lush green color, softness, and playability of regular grass.
  • The turf is then in-filled with a formulation of fine-coated silica sand to give it the touch and feel of traditional grass.
  • Finally, the tops are rolled to make the effect of natural bent grass green. Options include the installation of first and second cuts fringe, bunkers, sand traps, roughs, and fairways.

Watch our installation process video here.


READY FOR YOUR GREENS?

Please take a look at our grass collections. We’re here to help when you’re ready. Contact us for a quote on your project — whether it’s a backyard putting green or a full-blown golf course, we’ve got you covered.