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.

 

For more information contact J.W. at askjw@sgwcorp.com or call 888.846.3598

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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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Ask JW: Rooftop Synthetic Turf Installation

Over the years, synthetic turf uses have become more popular than ever. Synthetic turf has served decades of service to sporting surfaces, landscapes, and putting greens. The latest craze? Synthetic turf rooftops. Taking advantage of areas that are on rooftops, balconies, and mezzanines is becoming more popular in the design stage. Many architects and designers are adding rooftop amenities to their portfolio and creating areas on upper levels of buildings for everyone to enjoy.

 

This month, ASK JW will show you how easy a synthetic turf rooftop installation can be.

 

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Ask JW: Seam Integration – Part 3 – Perfecting Seams

Throughout this series, we’ve spoken about integration, the Mohawk, and how unifying two sections of synthetic turf can be difficult. We learned that every installation is different from the next. It is your obligation as a craftsman to create invisible seams for your clients.   

 

This month, ASK JW will share tips, tricks, and special techniques that will assist you in preventing mistakes, making repairs, and creating invisible seams.

 

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Ask JW: Seam Integration – Part 2 – Manipulation

The worst thing you can do is overwork a synthetic turf seam. Synthetic turf fibers when overworked will show a different shade of color. This is primarily due to light. Mostly UV Light. 

Example; When a sample of turf is placed with its leaning fibers facing toward the focal point, there is a darker, deeper color that occurs differently as to when the fibers being placed away from the focal point.  This is due to the angle of the fiber in conjunction to light. If you witness a “shiny” surface in areas of your installs this means the turf fibers are lying flat allowing “Light” to shine off their surface and will need some assistance in getting them vertical. When it comes to installing and blending two sections of turf seams together it is crucial for you to understand how manipulation and light can have affect upon your installations.

This month ASK JW will explain why “Manipulation” can cause reoccurring havoc on your installations. 

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Ask JW: Seam Integration – Part 1 – The Mohawk

The synthetic turf industry has evolved over the past couple of decades, and with advanced technology, research, and development, synthetic turf manufacturers are producing thicker, more realistic turf. However, these changes have created more difficult installation processes. This month, ASK JW will go in detail on the dreaded “Mohawk” and how seam integration can prevent it.

This month ASK JW will teach Part 1 –  on Seam Integration, the dreaded Mohawk, and how sunlight plays a major role in visible seams.

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Ask JW: Seam Integration – Part 1 – Introduction

Seaming is the most recognized problem in the synthetic turf industry today. The synthetic turf industry has evolved over the past couple of decades and with advanced technology, research, and development synthetic turf manufacturers are producing thicker “Real Like” turf. However, these changes have created more difficult installation processes. 

This month ASK JW will teach Part 1 – the introduction on Seam Integration, the dreaded Mohawk, and how sunlight plays a major role in visible seams.

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Ask JW: Synthetic Turf, Drainage & Flooding

Every year when monsoon season is upon us, we all know that there is a chance of possible flooding. Over the last two years alone, there has been record amounts of rainfall across the nation prior to monsoon season. What does this mean to the synthetic turf industry? It means it could cost you and/or your customers thousands of dollars in damages. Just because your turf product drains 30+ inches per hour per square yard does not mean your subbase does. 

This month, ASK JW will dive deep into synthetic turf and drainage, and how a “flawed subbase” can affect your entire Installation and cause extensive damage.

For more information contact J.W. at askjw@sgwcorp.com or call 888.846.3598

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