Introducing ASK JW Vlogs: the New Way to Get the Best Artificial Turf Tips

Hello everyone!! I hope this year has brought health, happiness, and prosperity to all of you. I have some exciting news to share with you about the future of “ASK JW.” Many of you know that I love helping others succeed. I have written thousands of posts, articles, and columns on synthetic turf and have so much more to talk about. I have chosen to go from a blog to a vlog to make it easier for my audience to connect with me. I will be shooting instructional videos over the upcoming months on tips, tricks, and methods I have created over the decades to assist you in your synthetic turf journey. This new platform will allow me to personally engage with you and everyone who wants to sharpen their skills in the turf industry. The ASK JW Vlog will showcase installers’ highlights and the great work that synthetic turf has to offer all over the nation.

I look forward to all of you joining me!
– JW

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Ask JW: How to Take Better Installation Photos

In my three decades in the synthetic Industry, I have learned many things when it comes to showing off synthetic turf installations. Turf companies brag and show off their installations on various social media platforms, allowing the world to see the beauty and hard work put into their masterpiece. What they do not recognize is that their photos can teach them to become better craftsmen. This month, ASK JW will instruct how to get the best from your photos and which ones not to share.

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Ask JW: Dropspreaders & Synthetic Turf

A drop spreader is crucial to have for installing synthetic turf correctly. Placing infill into synthetic turf creates ballast and provides longevity to the system. There are many types of drop spreaders that can be used. Knowing how and when to use one is critical for many reasons. This month, ASK JW will explain what type of drop spreader is recommended for landscape synthetic turf and how to use them. We will also explain many topics in previous columns that go hand in hand with using a drop spreader.

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Ask JW: Synthetic Turf & Trench Compaction

Throughout my career in the synthetic turf industry, I have expressed how sub-base compaction can make or break your installations. This month, ASK JW will explain how trench compaction is crucial for stability, longevity, and beautification of a synthetic turf surface.

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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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