March 14, 2022

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

You may be asking yourself, “Can I install artificial grass myself?” While it’s possible for you to install artificial grass yourself, it isn’t easy. The tools and equipment you would need are pricey, it’s time-consuming to do it yourself, and you may void your warranty. So, let’s learn why you should have your golf turf installed by a pro following artificial turf installation best practices.


Whether you are adding an artificial golf green to your yard, or a commercial golf course, having artificial turf installed professionally will save you time, money, and headaches — and, in the long run, provide a better-looking green.

Saved Time

Even ”easy” do-it-yourself projects can quickly become a big to-do. We’ve all been there. Multiple trips to the hardware store for tools or supplies we didn’t realize we need, plans not going according to plan, many days of hard work? When you have your turf installed by a pro, you will save a lot of time, and you will be able to enjoy the greens sooner.

In order to install artificial golf greens properly, you will need to level the ground, add a crushed aggregate base, add padding, lay the turf, add infill, and roll the turf to ensure ideal playability and to make it look like real turf. Trimming edges so you have clean borders can also be difficult and needs a lot of experience to get it just right. All of this means you need some very specific tools and knowledge to execute correctly in order to avoid messy sections and/or edges that start peeling up creating awful aesthetics.

Difficult Soil/Landscape

Perfect soil is scarce. Many property owners will agree to this. It is rare to be able to sink your shovel into the dirt with ease. Instead, we struggle with rocks, thick clay, or soil permeated with roots from plants and trees nearby in many places. Just digging can become grueling work. Worse, if you’re hacking into roots, you could be damaging surrounding plants and trees you might want to keep.

We have dealt with obstacles such as huge boulders, old (or new) irrigation lines, and stumps on many of our installation projects. Every one of these obstacles need to be removed or repurposed. Excavation results in tons of soil you don’t want — what is your plan to deal with it? We often have to transport this unwanted soil offsite.

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

Large Areas

When installing a golf green in a large area, seaming becomes among the most challenging parts of the turf to do correctly. This is the method of combining two or more pieces together. Very like carpet installation, when the seams of artificial turf are joined correctly, they aren’t noticeable. When seams aren’t done the right way, they’ll stand out and provide a disappointing finished product.

Imagine rolling a poster or sheet of paper. Do you always get it perfectly aligned when trying to get a good roll? Rather than a clean edge, you sometimes end up with paper sticking out on one end. This same thing can happen with seaming artificial turf. One minor error early on will mess up the whole project and look terrible in the end. A professional installer will have a lot of experience installing seams and will make certain everything looks great before they are done.


There are three specific things that separate Southwest Greens of Asheville from others in the turf industry — craftsmanship, guarantees, and customer service. We do not believe in generic artificial turf installations, and because of this, we have perfected the art and the science of Asheville artificial turf installation. We’ve perfected our process with over 6,000 golf greens around the world under our belts.

Take a quick glance 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.
  • Then we install at least a cushion pad to assist the ball roll and shot absorption, then comes our state-of-the-art polypropylene turf material that’s used to replicate the vibrant green color, softness, and playability of natural grass.
  • Then the turf is in-filled with a formulation of fine-coated silica sand which gives it the touch and feel of natural grass.
  • Finally, roll the tops to make the effect of real bent grass green. Options include installing first and second cuts fringe, sand traps, bunkers, fairways, and roughs.

Watch our installation process video here.


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