Low-maintenance synthetics do not mean 'no maintenance', warns Southwest Greens

Synthetic turf supplier and installer Southwest Greens is concerned that a growing number of synthetic surfaces being used for golf practice, tuition and play are being sold as a "no maintenance" or "minimal maintenance" alternative to natural turf.

The company has warned that synthetics should be viewed as low maintenance, not no maintenance.

Southwest Greens managing director Warren Bailey said:  "A minimum level of care is essential if synthetic turf surfaces are to remain in playable condition and looking their best. This is particularly important for tees, practice ranges and greens that have a high footfall or are located close to trees, fields and planted borders. A further factor dictating maintenance routines is whether a sand filler has been used to pack out the fibres."

Apart from the need to brush the surface and blow away leaves, twigs and other green material, most outdoor synthetic turf installations require weed seedlings to be removed from the surface physically or with herbicide.

Similar spray treatment may be necessary to deal with moss growth resulting from airborne spores. 

Bailey added: "Greenkeepers regularly aerate and scarify natural turf to combat the effects of compaction caused primarily by golfers' feet.  Although synthetic turf offers far greater durability than grass, over time it can become similarly compacted, affecting drainage, the run of the ball and the ability to accept shots."

 

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