March 14, 2022

Why you should hire the professionals, and why Southwest Greens of Fresno is the industry leader for installation practices.

Perhaps you are asking yourself, “Can I install artificial grass myself?” While it is possible you can install artificial grass by yourself, it is not a simple task. The tools and equipment needed are pricey, it takes a while to DIY, and you risk voiding any warranties on the turf. Let’s look at why you should have your golf turf installed by a professional who follows the best practices for artificial turf installation.


Whether or not you are adding an artificial golf green to your home, or you manage a commercial golf course, having artificial turf professionally installed will save you time, money, and headaches — and, in the long run, provide a better-looking green.

Saved Time

Even small do-it-yourself projects can often become a big to-do. We’ve all been there. Excessive trips to the big box store for supplies or tools we didn’t know we needed, plans not going accordingly, multiple days of hard work? Choosing to have your turf installed by a professional, you’ll save time, and you’ll enjoy the greens sooner.

To properly install artificial golf greens, you’ll need to level the ground, add a crushed aggregate base, add padding, place the turf, add infill, and roll the turf for the best playability and to make it look realistic. Trimming edges to have clean borders is tricky and requires a lot of experience to get just right. All of this requires some certain tools and knowledge to execute correctly to avoid goofy sections and edges that end up peeling up creating awful aesthetics.

Difficult Soil/Landscape

Perfect soil is hard to find. Most property owners can vouch for this. It is very rare to be able to push your shovel into the soil with ease. Instead, we work with stones, clay, or soil filled with roots from trees and plants nearby in many places. Even digging can be excrutiating work. Worse, if you are hacking into roots, you could be killing surrounding plants and trees you want to keep healthy.

We’ve encountered obstacles like large boulders, old (and new) irrigation lines, and stumps on many of our installation projects. Each of these things have to be removed or repurposed. Excavation can also produce tons of soil you do not want — what is your plan to deal with it? Frequently we have to ship this unwanted soil offsite.

A pro turf installer can arrange all of this on your behalf. So if you don’t want to do very back-breaking manual labor or won’t know how to dispose of your excavated soil, hiring a pro installer for your project is your best bet.

Large Areas

When you install a golf green in a large area, seaming is among the most challenging parts of the turf to install correctly. This is the method of binding two or more pieces together. Seeming is like carpet installation, when artificial turf seams are joined right, they’re not noticeable. When seams aren’t joined blended correctly, they’ll be easy to see and give a terrible looking finished product.

Imagine this: rolling a poster or sheet of paper. Have you always gotten it perfectly aligned when trying to get a good roll? Sometimes instead of a clean edge, end up with paper sticking out on one end. This same thing is possible when seaming artificial turf. One tiny error early on will throw the whole project off and look terrible when finished. An installation professional will have a lot of experience doing seams and will make certain everything looks great before they are done.


There are three things that separate Southwest Greens of Fresno from others in the turf industry — craftsmanship, guarantees, and customer service. We don’t believe in generic artificial turf installations, and because of this, we’ve mastered the art and science of Fresno artificial turf installation. We have perfected our process with at least 6,000 golf greens across the globe under our belts.

Here is a quick glance at how our artificial putting green installation process works.

  • A base of crushed aggregate, which can be moistened and molded to build up challenging breaks and undulations, unlike concrete.
  • Next, we install a cushion pad, at a minimum, to assist the ball roll and shot absorption, then we install our state-of-the-art polypropylene turf material that’s used to recreate the vibrant green color, softness, and playability of natural grass.
  • The turf is then in-filled with a formulation of fine-coated silica sand to give it the touch and feel of natural grass.
  • Finally, roll the turf to give the effect of true bent grass green. Options available are the installation of first and second cuts fringe, fairways, roughs, bunkers, and sand traps.

You can watch our installation process video here.


Be sure to take a look at our grass collections. We’re here to help you when you are ready. Contact us to get a quote on your project — regardless of it’s a backyard putting green or a full-size golf course, we’ve got you covered.