ASK JW: The Importance of Adhesive Thickness

Throughout my decades of being in this industry, I have witnessed some crazy tools being used to apply turf adhesives. I have seen drywall spatulas, cardboard, turf scraps, folded seaming tape, and, yes, a paper cup. Using an improper tool to apply the adhesive will cause the seam to fail. During my travels and training, I have asked turf installers if they were familiar with the turf adhesives they were using, and many of them had no idea how crucial the application rate and thickness can be. Most of them admitted that they have never read labels on their turf adhesive, nor researched how the adhesive even works.

 

This month, Ask JW will stress the importance of adhesive thickness and how using the improper application tool will wreak havoc on your turf installations.

 

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ASK JW: COVID 19 & Synthetic Turf

Coronavirus has impacted our lives in many ways. Many people have been staying home and finding new ways to entertain themselves while being on lockdown”. Many playgrounds and recreation areas have been closed due to the virus which has caused a spike in home improvements across the nation.  Synthetic turf contractors are experiencing increases in sales up to 30% from last year. Operating a synthetic turf company during a pandemic can be challenging. If there is one positive outcome from this pandemic, it is that many of us are spending more time with family and loved ones outdoors.

 

This month, Ask JW will explain COVID 19 & Synthetic Turf

 

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ASK JW: Infill Maintenance

Infill plays a major role in the longevity of synthetic turf. Decades ago, many turf contractors used all types of raw materials to place between turf fibers. Some would tell you that infill is placed to protect the backing from the sun’s harmful rays. Others would say that it was used mainly for the purpose of keeping the fibers erect and for the prevention of matting. Many would argue the fact that it was used to simulate “natural soil” for drainage and permeation. All the above are facts and are all true.

 

This month, Ask JW will explain the importance of “infill maintenance,” its many uses, and how crucial it is to keep levels maintained throughout the warranty period.

 

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ASK JW: Creases in Putting Greens

Most creases/lines in putting green materials are mainly at the edge of a roll. During manufacturing, the roll is tightly wound for packaging. When the finished product is “machine rolled”, the edge is attached to a cardboard core/tube, pushing into it the face of the putting green surface leaving a “crease/line”. When the rest of the roll is tightly rolled to completion, it mashes the edge that was connected to the carboard core/tube roll. This also could be from rolls stacked on top of one another. Some crease lines may end up more into the roll. As frustrating this can be, with a little patience the crease/line can be removed.

This month ASK JW will give his tips and trick on putting green creases and how to make them go away.

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Ask JW: Teamwork in Synthetic Turf

TEAM- “Together Everyone Achieves More”

 

That cliché never gets old, especially when dragging heavy rolls of turf all day long. I have always experienced accomplishing larger goals in life while being part of a TEAM. Wikipedia states that “teamwork is the collaborative effort of a group to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way”. 

Creating a good turf team is crucial. I teach companies teams how to be a team. Just because you have a few guys with knives does not make them a team. A turf team requires installers that care and have passion for their actions. To be good at something in life you must care for what it is.  Great turf teams have members/installers that bring forth synergy to show their talents and blend strengths. When establishing a turf team, it is important to break down each task for each member. This may mean creating tasks for each member on every installation. I recommend dedicating tasks that match up with skill and experience.

 

This month ASK JW will explain how crucial Teamwork is in being a successful turf contractor/Installer.  

 

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Ask JW: Earthworms and Putting Greens

Over the last year, I have had several calls pertaining to worms wreaking havoc on putting greens, or should I say under putting greens. I have spoken on this subject before, but after hearing horror stories of putting greens having to be completely removed and replaced, I thought I would reiterate how crucial it is to be aware of the destruction earthworms can cause on putting greens. This month, Ask JW will talk about how and why earthworms cause havoc on putting greens and how to prevent it.

 

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ASK JW: Moss and Putting Greens

Over the decades, synthetic turf has been labeled “maintenance-free”. Mowing, edge trimming, and performing irrigation adjustments are things of the past when you have synthetic turf. However, this does not mean the surface will always stay clean and free of contaminants, microbes, and bacteria, especially synthetic turf putting greens. Most putting green products are designed without drainage holes in the backing. 

This lack of drainage holes is imperative to putting green products. It allows the putting green to remain stable through its warranty. Excessive water intrusion into compacted soils may damage the sub-base causing settlement to reveal imperfections in the putting surface. Since moisture has no place to go, it resides within the fibers. When this happens, mold and moss may take over the putting green surface, causing irregular ball roll. Moss has become more of a problem on putting greens in part due to the low pile heights. Once moss becomes established, it may continually create new colonies of moss. 

 

 This month ASK JW will talk about surface moss, why it occurs, and how to prevent it from destroying your synthetic grass putting greens.   

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Ask JW: Perfecting Putting Green Surfaces – Part 3

ASK JW  “CUTTING OF PUTTING GREENS”

Hello, everyone! I hope all is well. In my last column, I wrote about how placing infill causes imperfections in putting green surfaces. We also learned that placing infill at proper elevations supports ballast, reduces wear, prevents settlement/depressions, and maintains Stimpmeter speeds. This month, I will teach a process that I developed decades ago called “cutting”. This easy technique creates a smooth putting surface and maintains Stimpmeter speeds. 

This month ASK JW will start a continue the series that will provide educational information along with tips and tricks in perfecting putting green surfaces.

 

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Ask JW: Perfecting Putting Green Surfaces – Part 2

Hello everyone! I hope your week is going well. Last month, I began a new series on perfecting putting green surfaces and how choosing the correct materials can determine the surface’s performance.  I also explained how poor workmanship can make a huge difference in how the surface looks, plays, and rates on the Stimpmeter. This month, Ask JW will teach infill placement and how crucial it is for perfecting putting green surfaces and Stimpmeter speeds.

 

This month ASK JW will start a new series which will provide educational information along with tips and tricks in perfecting putting green surfaces.

 

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Ask JW: Perfecting Putting Green Surfaces – Part 1

Over the years, synthetic turf putting greens succumb to wear and tear that reduces the longevity of the surface.  Most of these surfaces have become wrinkled, bumpy, and mere impossible to maintain especially stimp meter speeds. The biggest cause behind putting green failures is often due to inexperienced installers. Getting to know your putting green materials is the first step. You don’t have to be a professional golfer to install a synthetic turf putting green, but you must learn how to install them. Many Installers feel that since they have conquered landscape turf, installing putting greens couldn’t be that difficult. They are wrong. Perfecting synthetic turf putting greens will always be an ongoing learning experience due to every golfer and every putting green installation being different than the next. In my 25+ years of installing synthetic turf putting greens, I have learned that you must have skills, patience, and knowledge of the game of golf on a putting green. I know that that sounds a little drastic, but if you want to be the best in what you do, you must put the effort in researching, learning, and practicing being the best. It may sound like I am wanting installers to become golfers, but that’s not my intention, even though it would help😊. My goal is to teach installation tips that will save your team frustration when the client/customer is very unhappy with their newly placed putting green. It happens and it will keep on happening if your team is not properly educated. I am very excited to assist you and your team to bring awareness to the pros and cons of installing Synthetic Turf Putting Greens. “And who knows?… You may pick up golf or become a better golfer”.

This month ASK JW will start a new series which will provide educational information along with tips and tricks in perfecting putting green surfaces.

 

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