For those who enjoy DIY and have at least some basic experience of landscaping jobs, installing your own putting green is certainly not out of reach. Installing a putting green made from artificial turf, or Astroturf, is not particularly technologically complicated but it is a very labor-intensive task that requires careful planning and plenty of time. The tools and materials required are all normally easy to find at any well stocked landscaping center.
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Plate compactor
- Landscaping fabric
- Border material (stone or wood)
- Exterior adhesive
- Landscaping tape
Step 1 – Plan out the Putting Green
Before you purchase any materials or start work, make sure that you have determined the ideal location to install the new putting green in. Also, make sure that you know how large it is going to be and have an accurate plan drawn up. This way you will know exactly how much Astroturf and other materials you need. When deciding on the optimal place to build the green, it is best to go for something that is not too close to the house or another building, otherwise there is a high risk of getting your windows broken.
Step 2 – Prepare the Surface
The most labor-intensive part of the job is preparing the surface, but it is essential that this job is done properly and thoroughly. First, remove the turf from the area. You can do this using a shovel. Use a plate compactor to make the soil surface beneath as level as possible. This surface should be firm and smooth before continuing.
Step 3 – Apply Base Material and Edging
Install the landscaping fabric to thoroughly cover the prepared surface. Apply edging to the borders of the putting green of the type that you prefer. You can use stone or wood edging for this or even a low retaining wall. Apply the base material on top of the landscaping fabric. Distribute this crushed stone, or whatever other material you use, evenly with a rake, having a slight slope to assist drainage. When this is done, wet the base material with a hose and compact it with the plate compactor.
Step 4 – Place Cups
Place 3 cups into the base material. Dig slightly larger holes for them first and install the cups. Use a special quick-drying cement to fill the gaps between the cups and the base material and allow this to dry. Refer to the concrete manufacturer’s instructions for more information.
Step 5 – Apply Sand
Apply a layer of medium-grade sand over the base material. Use a drop spreader for this and sweep out the sand evenly over the base.
Step 6 – Roll out Astroturf
Lay out the artificial turf over your base which should now be covered by sand. Join any seams together with an appropriate exterior adhesive. Tuck in the edges into the border. Finally, roll out the green a few times using a water-filled roller. The more you do this, the faster balls will be able to move across the green.