Choosing the Perfect Putting Green Infill: Why It Matters

November 30, 2023

Synthetic grass putting greens have become increasingly popular among serious golfers and casual weekend players alike. Not only do they offer a convenient and low-maintenance alternative to natural grass landscaping, but they also provide a more consistent and higher-quality playing surface.

However, not all turf putting greens are created equal. To ensure that your personal putting green is high-quality and built for longevity, it’s important to choose the right infill for your project. When you choose the right infill product and apply it properly, your artificial turf putting green will thrive with enhanced longevity, reduced bacteria growth, and improved drainage. Here’s why choosing the perfect putting green infill matters:

What Is Infill?

Infill refers to the granular material that is added between the blades of synthetic grass after installation. Infill is essential to any artificial turf installation, as it provides ballast and cushioning that help maintain the turf’s shape and integrity. Not only does it weigh down the base of the turf for added stability, but synthetic turf infill also supports each turf blade and keeps it upright.

Without adequate infill, your unsupported turf blades will quickly become matted, affecting the ball roll as you play. You’ll also experience wrinkling and other abnormalities that negatively impact the texture of the putting green and its performance.

Reduces Bacteria Growth

Every outdoor surface is vulnerable to the possibility of bacteria, mold and mildew growth due to exposure to rain and other sources of moisture. Luckily, synthetic grass is free of organic materials that could attract bacteria and mold spores, so it’s already less susceptible to mold growth than natural grass and other organic landscaping materials.

However, organic debris on the putting green surface or a clogged drainage system can leave your turf grass putting green susceptible to the possibility of bacteria and mold growth. You can counteract this and eliminate any potential bacteria by choosing an antimicrobial infill material. Options such as Envirofill absorb moisture over time, inhibiting the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew and keeping your putting green safe for play 365 days a year.

Improves Drainage

Proper drainage is crucial for any outdoor surface, and your synthetic grass putting green is no exception. Without proper drainage, excess water can build up on the playing surface, leading to puddles, slippery conditions, bacteria buildup, and potential damage to the turf.

To ensure your synthetic turf putting green has adequate drainage, it’s important to choose the right infill product. If you choose an infill product that has too-small particulates, they can block the drainage grid, resulting in standing water and buildup that will attract insects, encourage mold growth, and compromise your family’s health and safety. It’s also important to properly maintain your turf’s infill after installation to ensure that your drainage system continues to work at its full capacity.

Protects Your Turf’s Longevity

Infill doesn’t just cushion your feet; it also cushions and protects the turf. Infill protects the fibers of your synthetic grass putting green as well as its backing. By acting as a buffer between your putter, ball, or feet and the turf, it absorbs impact and helps reduce wear and tear.

The infill’s ballast also helps prevent bubbling, lifting, wrinkling, and other premature damage. The infill also absorbs the sun’s UV rays, protecting the backing from prolonged sun exposure and ensuring it lasts for years to come without cracking.

If you need guidance in choosing the right artificial turf products for your installation, speak to your installer or contact your local Synthetic Grass Warehouse location today. We can help you find the perfect synthetic grass products and installation accessories, including infill, for your project’s unique needs. SGW Bay Area has been an industry leader for more than 20 years, helping distributors, installers and homeowners alike with all their synthetic turf installation needs. To find out more about artificial grass wholesale or to receive guidance with your next turf grass installation, contact your local Synthetic Grass Warehouse facility today.

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