March 14, 2022

Why hiring professionals matters, and why Southwest Greens of Metro New York is the best in the industry for installation practices.

Perhaps you’re asking yourself, “Can I install artificial grass myself?” Sure, you can install artificial grass yourself, but it isn’t a simple task. The tools and equipment you would need are costly, it takes a while to do it yourself, and you risk voiding any warranties on the turf. Now, let’s see why you should have your golf turf installed by a professional who follows the best practices for artificial turf installation.


Whether or not you’re looking to add an artificial golf green to your personal property, or you are managing a commercial golf course, having artificial turf installed by a professional will save you time, money, and headaches — and, over time, yield a better-looking green.

Saved Time

Even seemingly small DIY projects can quickly evolve into a big problem. We’ve all been there. Repeat trips to the home improvement store for supplies and tools we didn’t even know we needed, plans not going accordingly, many days of back-breaking work? When you have your turf professionally installed, you will save time, and you will be able to 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 as real as possible. Trimming edges for clean borders is tricky and takes a lot of experience to get it just right. All of this means you need some specialized tools and knowledge to do correctly in order to avoid wonky sections and edges that peel up creating awful aesthetics.

Difficult Soil/Landscape

An ideal soil is rare. Most property owners will agree to this. It’s quite rare to be able to get your shovel into the dirt without issues. Instead, we must struggle with stones, clay, or soil that is filled with roots from trees and plants nearby in many places. Digging alone can become grueling work. Plus, if you are digging into roots, you could be hurting surrounding trees you might want to keep.

On many of our turf installations, we have faced obstacles such as large boulders, old (and new) irrigation lines, tree stumps, to name a few. Each of these items need to be repurposed or removed. Excavation results in tons of soil you may not need — where would you go with it? We regularly have to transport this unwanted soil offsite.

A professional artificial turf installer can coordinate all of this . So if you’re not looking to do very difficult manual labor or won’t know how to dispose of your excavated soil, hiring an installer for your project is your best bet.

Large Areas

When installing a golf green in a large area, seaming is one of the trickiest aspects of the turf to install correctly. This is how two or more pieces are bound together. The process is much like carpet installation, when artificial turf seams are joined correctly, they aren’t noticeable. When seams aren’t done the right way, they will stand out and yield an unattractive finished product.

Imagine rolling up a piece of paper or a poster. Do you always get it perfectly aligned when attempting to get a good roll? Sometimes you don’t get a clean edge, but end up with paper sticking out on one end. This same effect can happen with seaming artificial turf. One minor misstep early on will ruin the whole project and look terrible in the end. A professional installer will have a lot of experience joining seams and will make certain everything looks amazing before they are finished.


There are three specific things that differentiate Southwest Greens of Metro New York from everyone else in the turf industry — craftsmanship, guarantees, and customer service. We do not believe in cookie-cutter artificial turf installations, and because of this, we have perfected the art and the science of Metro New York artificial turf installation. We have built our process with more than 6,000 golf greens across the globe under our belts.

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

  • A base of crushed aggregate, which can be moistened and molded to create challenging breaks and undulations, unlike concrete.
  • Next, we install at least a cushion pad that helps the ball roll and shot absorption, next comes our state-of-the-art polypropylene turf material that is used to replicate the vibrant green color, softness, and playability of real grass.
  • Then we in-fill the turf with a formulation of fine-coated silica sand which gives it the touch and feel of regular grass.
  • Finally, roll the turf to create the effect of natural bent grass green. Options include installing first and second cuts fringe, fairways, roughs, bunkers, and sand traps.

You can watch our video on our installation process here.


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