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Caring for Your Artificial Grass Putting Green

From avid golfers to hobby golf enthusiasts, nothing is more exciting than having a personalized artificial turf putting green. With a backyard synthetic grass putting green, golfers of all ages can practice their short game from the comfort of their own homes. However, like most things in life, synthetic grass putting greens aren’t all fun and games. 

While it’s true that artificial turf is easier to maintain, you must remember that low maintenance does not equal no maintenance. By following these quick and easy steps, you’ll keep a fresh, evergreen artificial grass putting green that meets even the most stringent golfers’ expectations.

Brush Your Synthetic Turf

Start by removing any branches, leaves or other debris from your artificial grass putting green. Next, brush your synthetic grass blades to keep them upright. By keeping your blades standing as they should, you’re ensuring the same quality of ball roll as the day you had your artificial turf putting green installed. 

When brushing your synthetic grass putting green, always remember to use a brush made specifically for artificial grass or a soft rake. Brushes and rakes with metal bristles will damage your synthetic turf.

Rinse Away Debris

Say goodbye to harmful chemicals – rinse down your artificial turf putting green with your standard garden hose. Monthly turf rinsing will help clear out debris, pollen and dust and prevent future buildup.

Artificial Turf Brooming – with More Power

If your synthetic grass putting green is in high demand with heavy foot traffic, consider using a power broom to keep your artificial turf blades upright. Power brooms help fluff synthetic turf, improving the quality of play for everyone!

 

Clean up After Your Pets

Artificial turf is a dog’s best friend – as such, it is extremely common for your furry friend to relieve themselves on your synthetic grass putting green. While it is tempting to put off doggy waste cleanup, it is crucial that you clean up the mess right away. 

Pick up solid waste with a turf-friendly rake and a dustpan; urine can be hosed off and rinsed as you would any other debris. 

Address Minor Stains

Like pet waste, minor stains should be cleaned up as soon as you notice them. Because synthetic grass is stain-resistant, cleaning up spills should be a very minimal task – just use eco-friendly soap and a small amount of vinegar to clean up any small stains and mildew!

Pull out Weeds

Although a rare occurrence, weeds can still grow out of your artificial grass. Weeds can come through cracks, small holes and your turf’s edges. 

For these reasons, it’s essential to pull weeds out as soon as possible to prevent future growth.

Leave It to the Pros

If maintaining your artificial turf putting green seems like too daunting of a task for you to take on, we completely understand – thankfully, you can always let professional turf maintenance experts handle it!

By hiring a professional turf maintenance service, you’re ensuring that your synthetic grass putting green stays greener for longer. Experienced turf cleaning professionals will use state-of-the-art technology and turf deodorizers and disinfectants to give your artificial grass putting green the clean look and feel you deserve!

What to Know about Drainage

One of the most significant benefits of installing artificial grass has got to be the elimination of puddles and wet spots. Unlike natural grass, synthetic turf won’t leave behind puddles and create safety hazards in the process.

But how does synthetic grass make this happen?

The answer lies in one critical factor: drainage. Drainage allows liquids – including water and pet urine – to penetrate an artificial grass surface, keeping your landscaping dry and healthy. At Grizzly Turf, we want to make sure you make an educated decision when purchasing artificial turf – and it begins with knowing all the facts about drainage.

How Does Drainage Work?

When artificial grass is manufactured, special backings are sewn into the synthetic turf material. These backings are perforated in several distinct ways to create drainage. 

Once your artificial grass installation is complete, any water will percolate through your synthetic turf and drain into your lawn’s sub-base and foundation. Natural grass drainage can be unpredictable; its drainage level is only as good as the quality of the grass itself.

With artificial grass drainage, you get improved, consistent drainage every time. Generally, the perforations found in synthetic grass backings measure approximately ½ centimeter in diameter, with a drainage depth of more than 30 inches per hour per square yard. The result is a dry artificial turf landscape that is safe to use year-round!

Causes of Poor Synthetic Grass Drainage

Although artificial grass drainage outperforms natural grass, it doesn’t mean synthetic turf doesn’t have its own drainage issues. A secure, well-installed artificial turf surface will guarantee effective drainage every time – however, some factors could affect the drainage of even the best artificial grass:

  • Installation errors – Even the slightest miscalculation by an artificial grass installer can result in misplaced turf and blocked drainage. 
  • Geology – Uneven surfaces can cause natural puddles that affect the efficiency of your synthetic turf drainage system. Additionally, any clay-based soil will also adversely affect your drainage.
  • Infill – Too much infill can lead to clogged drainage holes; conversely, inadequate amounts of infill can result in an improper base installation.

How Can You Prevent Poor Drainage?

Preventing poor drainage begins with knowing your landscaping. If your lawn contains soil that naturally drains water, you won’t have to do much to prepare. However, if your yard has historically had issues with drainage, you’ll need to consult with your artificial grass installer to determine the best possible solution. 

What Can Help Improve Drainage?

An experienced artificial grass installer – such as the experts at Grizzly Turf – can assist you by suggesting a more drainage-friendly sub-base for your synthetic grass installation. By installing the proper sub-base, you can effectively eliminate any significant drainage problems.

If you have a surface that is detrimental to your drainage, your artificial grass installer can help remove it and replace it with more suitable sub-base materials. Commonly-used sub-base materials include crushed or decomposed granite, limestone chat, and washed limestone.

For more information, let the experts at Grizzly Turf answer your questions! Our team of artificial grass installers is always ready, willing and able to help make your synthetic grass installation vision a reality.