You can’t predict or control the weather. As a golfer, this means that you can only practice when it’s nice outside unless you have your own artificial putting green.
Why Artificial Turf is a Great Choice for All of Florida’s Seasons
Regardless of the season, artificial turf remains in great shape. There are a few reasons for this:
- It resists sun damage so it doesn’t wilt, fade, turn yellow, or become brittle. This is different from real grass which absorbs and retains heat so it either burns or makes you feel too hot.
- Rain water doesn’t soak into artificial turf so it doesn’t grow soggy. The moisture drains through the turf’s permeable banking so there are never any puddles.
- Although frost is a rarity in Florida, when it happens it wreaks havoc on natural grass either killing it or making it become discolored. This isn’t something that happens with the synthetic fibers that are used in the making of artificial turf. These fibers don’t lose either their shape or their integrity throughout the freezing and thawing process.
How to Care for Your Artificial Putting Green
Now that you’re sold on the idea of installing an artificial putting green, you may be wondering how hard they are to take care of. The good news is that they only need minimal care throughout each of the seasons.
Regardless of the season, you’ll want to remember one thing: Enzymatic cleaners are a great way to quickly and easily clean up any sticky spills or pet waste. You’ll never have to worry about stubborn stains or unpleasant odors when you immediately clean these things up.
Here’s what you should also remember to do (depending on the time of the year it is):
Springtime is about cleaning up from the winter. Start by rinsing your artificial putting green with a hose so that you remove all of the dirt and debris. Now take a stiff-bristled brush to the grass so that you can get rid of any built-up grime. This will also keep it looking fresh and new. Now use either a leaf blower or a broom to remove the debris the brush pulled up
This time of the year is all about keeping your artificial turf clean. You should vacuum it weekly to remove any dirt or debris. If the weather gets extremely hot, make sure to hose the turf off with cool water. It’s also important to keep hot items away from open flames from things like your grill.
The fall is the easiest season when it comes to taking care of your artificial grass. You do need to immediately remove any leaves and yard debris immediately though. When these things pile up on your turf pests, mold, and mildew can start to grow. The best way to do this is to simply take a leaf blower to it.
This is another period when it’s easy for you to take care of your synthetic turf. Throughout the wintertime, you’ll want to keep your putting green covered with either a tarp or a blanket. This protects it from any excessive rain you may experience. Remember, things like mold can easily grow underneath the surface when rainwater is allowed to pond there.
There are a lot of things to know before you install an artificial putting green. While you’ve received some answers here, if you have additional questions about artificial turf, we’re here for you at Turf Pro Synthetics in Tampa, FL. Of course, we’re also here when you’re ready to install your own artificial putting green. Contact us today.