SAND-FILLED PUTTING GREEN MAINTENANCE GUIDE
If you recently had a putting green installed, congratulations on the big-time yard upgrade! If you’re reading this as more of a preventative measure before investing in a green, then thank you for stopping by. We are here to help you understand how to properly maintenance a sand-filled artificial putting green.
STANDARD ARTIFICIAL GRASS MAINTENANCE
Overall, following these simple suggestions will ensure your turf always looks and performs its best for years to come. We recommend these activities for all types of turf in addition to putting greens.
- Keep your surface free of litter, mud, and debris
- Prohibit smoking, fireworks, and heated or hot objects near turf
- Repair minor damage promptly
- Follow suggested maintenance and cleaning procedures
- Avoid placing heavy equipment or vehicles on turf
- Promptly clean up any pet waste and rinse area thoroughly
- Do not use wire brushes, sharp objects or high-pressure sprays exceeding 1,000psi
PUTTING GREEN-SPECIFIC MAINTENANCE
A sand-filled putting green requires a little extra care and attention to maintain a smooth putting surface, maximum performance, and ball response. To keep your putting green in the best shape possible, we recommend the following:
- Keep pets off the putting green surface.
Yes, we know pets will “go” wherever they please, but if you can keep your pets off the putting green surface, it will greatly help maintain the green’s look and smell. The putting surface of a putting green is not made for pets, so it will not last and drain the same way a pet friendly artificial turf product will. If your furry friend does happen to use the putting green surface for restroom purposes, then we would highly recommend picking up any pet waste immediately and washing the area down with a garden hose.
- Maintain the speed of the green.
If you can make the investment, we would suggest purchasing a roller. Rolling out the putting green surface when needed will help adjust the speed of the green. If you notice a change in the speed of the ball roll, simply roll out the green on a sunny day to speed it back up to where you want it. If sand is needed due to bare spots, add the sand to the green before rolling it out with a roller. There are a couple different types of rollers one can purchase:
- Combination Hand Roller – a push/tow combination hand roller is a great, affordable option for a small to medium sized putting green. The push or tow-behind design allows for rolling in tight areas.
- Ride-On Roller – a ride-on roller is an investment for someone that has a larger putting green and will want to maintenance their putting green often. A ride-on roller helps roll an area much faster than a hand roller and does a much more efficient job.
If you are not wanting to make the investment or take the time to get your own roller, no fear, you can contact us for an annual or biannual putting green maintenance. Please note that this service is not covered under warranty.
- Brush the fringe with a push broom.
For the fringe of the putting green, it is a good idea to use a soft-bristle push broom when needed to level out the sand and keep the turf’s resilience. If there is a heavy rainfall, going out with a soft-bristle push broom to brush the turf will level out the sand properly again and will clean off any debris left behind on the turf. Grooming your turf is a very important step to keeping your artificial putting green looking its best!
Your new artificial golf green has been engineered to provide many years of service, along with the installation materials and methods used. It is important to repair any minor damage immediately because a small problem could possibly grow into a major repair. Once or twice a year, your surface should be given a careful and thorough inspection. All seams should be inspected, and any loose areas noted and repaired. As explained earlier, we offer turf maintenance programs where we will inspect your turf, clean debris from it, top off the infill, and power broom as necessary.
If you have a sand-filled putting green, or if you are looking to install one, it is important to know all the maintenance involved with having one. Contact us today for a free estimate for a putting green installation!