Ask JW: Head Seams

I have been speaking for decades on how to create invisible seams. One type of seam that often gets overlooked is the head seam. This month, ASK JW will explain how to achieve the perfect installation of head seams using the Superseam method.

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Ask JW: Avoiding the Putting Green Wrinkle Effect

Important Tips to Know about Preventing Wrinkles in Artificial Grass Putting Greens

Throughout the years, many artificial turf putting greens have fallen victim to wrinkling – a defect in synthetic turf surfaces caused by improper artificial grass installation. When the proper techniques and tools aren’t used during installation, temperature changes can cause visible wrinkles in your artificial turf putting green, resulting in a massive eyesore.

Whether you’re attempting a DIY artificial turf installation or a seasoned contractor, there are steps you can take that are essential to a successful, wrinkle-free installation.

What Causes Artificial Turf Wrinkles?

One of the many features of artificial turf is its ability to be shaped and molded to any surface. Synthetic turf can figuratively memorize a specific shape if placed under direct sunlight, which can develop wrinkles that will be impossible to get rid of. 

When installing artificial turf, it’s vital to secure and stretch your synthetic turf to flatten away any wrinkles. 

How Can You Prevent Wrinkles During Installation?

As you’re installing your artificial turf putting green, paying attention to detail will be crucial. Luckily, knowing the proper techniques is easy and will help you eliminate any chance of wrinkles occurring after installation:

  • Lay Your Weed Membrane Flat: Any installation is only as good as its foundation. By ensuring that your weed membrane is laid flat, you’re on the right track to a wrinkle-free artificial turf installation. Since synthetic turf copies the shape of the surface it’s laid on, having a flat weed membrane will result in a nice, even surface for your artificial turf.
  • Allow Time for Acclimation: If you can help it, try to install your synthetic turf on a bright, sunny day. Roll out your artificial turf and let it sit for a minimum of two hours. With the sunlight coming down on it, your synthetic turf should fall flat onto your even surface.
  • Push out Visible Creases: If time isn’t on your side, having a carpet kicker handy can help speed up the process. Use the carpet kicker to smooth out any creases and stretch out your artificial turf. If necessary, put down U-pins as you go along to secure the synthetic turf and prevent any wrinkles from coming up later.
  • Install the Right Amount of Infill: Once stretched and secured, you’ll need to place the right amount of infill to ensure your artificial turf’s ballast – the material weight required to stabilize your synthetic grass and keep its balance.
  • Secure Your Artificial Turf’s Perimeter: Using the right edging can provide reinforced security to your artificial turf, ensuring that it stays flat. Typically, timber edging is the best material, nailed down appropriately six inches apart.

This month, ASK JW will teach how to avoid the “wrinkling affect” in synthetic turf putting greens with proper installation.

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Ask JW: Playground Friction Mats

Being a veteran of the synthetic turf industry, I have witnessed the “end of life” on thousands of installations that lived past their warranty. I have also seen new installations prematurely deteriorate the same year they were installed. Much of the deterioration was a result of excessive friction. I have expressed my concerns about wear and tear in high traffic areas in many of my columns and thought it would be advantageous to dive deeper into installing traffic mats.

This month, ASK JW will teach how excessive friction can destroy your installations and what can be done to prevent this and get more life out of your playground surface.

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Ask JW: Are Your Cups Sinking?

Synthetic turf putting greens are exciting, lots of fun, and can improve your golf game. When installed correctly, synthetic turf putting greens simulate real play and can last past their warranty period. Depending on which putting green surface you have chosen, there may be little to no maintenance needed. Putting green surfaces receive a lot of foot traffic which causes the surface to matt, depress, and cause irregular ball play. Putting green cups also take a beating. The pulling in-and-out of the flagstick causes vibrations which may cause the cup to sink, tilt, and become uneven or unlevel. When this happens, the surface around the putting green cup will create a hazard a golfer doesn’t want. This month, “ASK JW” will teach an easy method to restore putting green cups to the proper elevation.

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Ask JW: Seaming Synthetic Turf Playgrounds

For decades I have been teaching installers how to cut and seam around many objects. The most challenging seaming process to me has always been cutting and seaming around playground poles. Actually, cutting around the pole itself is quite easy; it’s all the other stuff that comes before it that makes the process difficult. This month I will explain what it takes to be successful at seaming synthetic turf playgrounds.

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Ask JW: “Stop Beating Up Your Seams”

“Stop beating up your seams!”

This is what I say to installers when they send me images of ugly seams. Most visible seams are due to abrasion and premature matting. When the installer’s heavy weight is continuously trampling the center of the seamline (center of the seam), UV Sunlight will call you out within minutes. Understanding why synthetic turf seams become visible is crucial for consistency and being a craftsman in the industry. We’re here to educate the frontline on why bending, mashing, and trampling the fibers may cause a complete “tear-out.” This month, ASK JW will explain why most seams are visible and how to prevent this issue.

Remember this: “When you manipulate, scratch, and/or matt synthetic turf fibers, UV light will reflect differently than the blades that are not.”
JW

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Ask JW: Learning the “Push-Cutter” Method

The push cutter is one of the most important tools that you will need in your tool bag. The push cutter also known as a loop and pile cutter has been used for decades in the carpet industry. This month ASK JW will teach you why this tool can save time, money, and allow you to be an artist with your radius cuts. 

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ASK JW: Learning the Relief Cut Method

Handling, working, and cutting synthetic turf can be difficult at times, especially when it’s cold out. There will be times that synthetic turf can be stubborn when you’re trying to wrap, conform, and place sections around certain objects. The “relief cut” is the very first cut I teach installers when preparing them for a synthetic turf installation career.

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ASK JW: Learning the Slide-Cut Method

Learning to cut synthetic turf can be challenging. Precise cutting and staying consistent are crucial in becoming a craftsman. This month, Ask JW will teach a method J.W. created decades ago called the “slide-cut”. This method is accurate, easy, and fast when cutting exterior edges.

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ASK JW: Cornhole & Synthetic Turf

Horseshoe, bocce, lawn darts, croquet, badminton, and Frisbee are several lawn games we all grew up playing. The game cornhole has become one of the most popular lawn games across the nation.  Cornhole is a lawn game in which 16-ounce bags filled with corn kernels are tossed at a raised platform 15 feet away. The game is played with two platforms. The platform has a hole constructed in the far end of it. The platform is usually made of plywood and is tilted at one end to face the players. A bag in the hole scores three points. One left on the board scores one point. The player that reaches the score of 21 wins. Cornhole is fun and exciting to play, but it can also be damaging to the surface it is played on.

This month, Ask JW will teach you how to install cornhole pads to help preserve the longevity of the surface it is played upon.

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