Ask JW: Rolling Putting Green Surfaces

Synthetic turf putting greens are created to simulate realistic play of a natural golf course green. Natural bent grass putting green surfaces are dense, tight, and need continuous maintenance to achieve smoothness and Stimpmeter speeds. Owners of synthetic turf putting greens have this notion that since the surface is synthetic, there will be little to no maintenance. This is not true. Seasonal maintenance is crucial for a synthetic turf putting green. The synthetic fibers of the putting green’s surface never stays the same as the first day you place it. Continuous foot traffic alone can cause dips and valleys where repetitive putts are made. Fibers flip up due to friction and dragging of the feet or shoes. Areas around the cups start to become uneven and slow. When issues like these arise, you will need to inspect the infill depths and roll the entire surface. This month, Ask JW will explain the importance of rolling putting greens during the initial installation and after, as necessary seasonal maintenance.

 

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Ask JW: Commercial Pet Area Installation over Concrete

Imagine having a synthetic turf area for multiple dogs to roll around on that remains green, plush, healthy, and smelling good. A place where peace of mind because you can rely on the area’s surface to service multiple dogs. A synthetic turf surface that is able to be cleaned, disinfected, flushed, and dried within an hour. This month, Ask JW will take you on a trip to California to visit a dog boarding facility that had little space, many dogs, and a desperate need for landscaping help.

 

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Ask JW: Radius in Putting Greens

Using radius points for putting greens is a hugely essential part of the installation. You never see greens that have sharp, square, or pointed designs and there’s a reason for that. It’s important that radius lines are places around each putting green cup to give the golfer the best experience on the turf.

 

This month we’re talking about how every synthetic turf contractor can understand putting greens on a whole new level. From smooth contouring to exterior outlines, Ask JW is going to ensure you’re providing your clients with the highest quality putting green you can create. Click below to learn more.

 

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Ask JW: Putting Green Fringe: Which Way Do I Go?

In my three decades in the industry, I have witnessed installers place putting green fringe in pieces, angles, and directions that create more work for them. Installers spend countless hours seaming remnants, scraps, and leftovers from other projects just to save a dollar, but in all actuality, they’re not saving anything.

This month, Ask JW will express the importance of fringe design, layout, and why multiple seams may cost you in the long run.

“When you choose cost over quality, it will eventually show.”

—JW

 

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ASK JW: Synthetic Turf & Outdoor Dining: The New Normal

COVID-19 has brought hardship upon establishments that serve the public. Restaurants have been hit the hardest due to government officials shutting them down. Many of them have had no choice but to close indefinitely. Those that have managed to stay afloat have had to create COVID-safe spaces to accommodate restaurant-goers in order to survive. Synthetic turf has been a key material in allowing these restaurant owners to move their dining outside. This month, Ask JW will provide valuable information for anyone who is choosing to temporarily install synthetic turf for outdoor dining services.

 

This month, Ask JW will go over Synthetic Turf & Outdoor dining and how it’s quickly becoming the new normal.

 

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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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