How to Install Backyard Putting Green Turf
Published April 6, 2023
Installing an artificial turf putting green in your backyard involves several steps. It may be a DIY project if you’re comfortable with landscaping and construction work, or speak with an ATXTurf team member for installation quotes. Here’s a general outline of the process:
- Plan the design: Decide on the size, shape, and location of the putting green. Consider factors like drainage, sun exposure, and how much space you have available. Make a sketch or create a detailed design to guide your project.
- Gather materials and tools: You’ll need artificial turf specifically designed for putting greens, base materials (such as crushed stone or gravel), a weed barrier, landscape fabric, edging materials, a plate compactor or tamper, a utility knife, a landscape rake, a shovel, a tape measure, a level, and other tools like a wheelbarrow, a hammer, and nails or staples.
- Prepare the site: Remove any grass, weeds, or debris from the area. Level the ground and ensure proper drainage by grading it with a slight slope (about 1% to 2% grade) away from any structures. Install edging materials to contain the base materials and prevent them from spreading.
- Lay the weed barrier: Lay down a weed barrier or landscape fabric over the entire area, overlapping the edges by a few inches to prevent weeds from growing through the putting green.
- Install the base layer: Spread a 3-4 inch layer of crushed stone or gravel over the entire area. Use a landscape rake to even it out, then compact it with a plate compactor or tamper. This creates a stable, well-draining foundation for the putting green.
- Fine-tune the surface: Add a 1-2 inch layer of finer aggregate, such as decomposed granite or crushed limestone, on top of the base layer. This will create a smooth and level surface for the turf. Compact this layer as well.
- Lay the putting green turf: Roll out the artificial turf over the prepared base, making sure it’s oriented correctly and fits within the boundaries. Trim any excess turf with a utility knife, leaving a small overlap onto the edging.
- Secure the turf: Secure the turf to the ground using turf nails or staples around the perimeter and at any seams. Space them about 6-8 inches apart to ensure the turf stays in place. Make sure the turf is stretched tight and flat.
- Infill the turf: Spread an infill material, such as silica sand or acrylic-coated sand, over the turf. This helps the turf fibers stand up straight and provides a more realistic feel. Use a broom or brush to work the infill evenly into the turf.
- Final touches: Use a power broom or stiff-bristle broom to brush the turf fibers upright, giving them a more natural look. Make any necessary adjustments to the surface, such as adding or removing infill, to achieve the desired ball roll and speed.
Remember, this is a general guide, and specific instructions may vary depending on the type of turf and materials you choose. Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for the best results.
Don’t hesitate to contact the ATXTurf Team to discuss your artificial turf putting green needs. 866-428-2809