Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Our state-of-the-art in-filled polypropylene artificial grass products are made to function like natural golf course greens, so your ball will provide the same spin and true roll of a natural grass green. Whether you're chipping in your backyard putting green from two yards or on our Nicklaus Designed course from 200 yards, our synthetic golf greens will maintain a shot as well as a natural grass green, ensuring your ball will not jump or flutter as it would on a nylon surface
Given that each project is different, the amount of time for installation is calculated using factors like weather, landscaping requirements, and the complexity and size of the project. Timelines may also be impacted by accessibility and site preparation requirements. Please contact us for an estimate on your particular project.
Indoor or outdoor, the sky's the limit! Southwest Greens Pittsburgh offers custom design mastery for golf greens in varying sizes and configurations for every client. Backyard putting greens for residential spaces average around 500 square feet, while artificial golf greens for commercial properties or Nicklaus Design golf courses are normally 1,500 square feet. Our outdoor synthetic putting greens are tailored for each client, considering available space as well as budget.
Artificial golf greens require a high level of professionalism for design and installation. Since our beginnings in the golf industry in 1996, we have truly refined the art of golf construction. Turf blending, undulations, breaks and bunkers name just a few of the design elements important for real looking and rolling golf greens. With so many additional architectural features to take into account over a more basic artificial, the cost of construction for our golf greens ranges from $20 to $25 per square foot, more or less based upon region, accessibility and features.
The top quality of the materials we use is an extremely important factor in creating a top-flight golf green. Our superior products deliver the rich, natural green look of real grass as well as the plush feel and true performance characteristics lacking in nylon and other popular materials used in many synthetic golf greens.
Southwest Greens Pittsburgh is the acknowledged front-runner in the synthetic turf industry. Our commitment to research and development makes it possible for us to provide the highest quality and most advanced materials on the market today. With a variety of turf products created to replicate the look and feel of natural grass, our custom designs reflect the unique needs, climates and conditions of any area. All Southwest Greens Pittsburgh installers are required to hold national certifications, guaranteeing that products and expert workmanship will consistently be of the highest quality.

Will the artificial turf fade over time? How long-lasting is the turf?

Southwest Greens Pittsburgh's original installations are 20 years old or older and still embody the vibrant green color and texture of natural grass. Our UV-resistant synthetic turf products look and work like new because they are engineered to withstand heavy traffic, extreme weather conditions and temperature fluctuations for all-season use. All installations come complete with a one-year workmanship warranty and manufacturer's warranty that covers fading.

Our artificial turf is developed to be used and is highly recommended in busy areas or for long-term sporting purposes

In most cases, artificial grass is disposed directly into landfills, using up precious space. Shaw offers a better alternative through the Green Edge Recycling Program. Once synthetic turf is removed, we are able to repurpose it in a variety of ways including carpet backing, mats, rugs, sheet goods and more.

Sand filling from the artificial grass product is mechanically extracted from the turf, separated and then put through a cleaning process. The infill can then be used in future fields or used as materials for new products.

Shaw has recycled upwards of half of a billion pounds of carpet since 2007 and opened two state-of-the-art recycling facilities — Evergreen (nylon 6 recycling) and Re2E (Reclaim to Energy). Today, Shaw supplies hundreds of fully certified Cradle to Cradle flooring products.

Our synthetic turf products require very little upkeep. For most artificial grass applications, using a leaf blower and water hose to dispose of lawn and pet debris is all you need to keep the surface clean. For golf greens, regular care by your local Southwest Greens Pittsburgh representative every 12-18 months is recommended; we will ensure smooth putts with regular check-ups that include inspecting the areas around the cups for any adjustments and rolling the green.
Skilled Southwest Greens Pittsburgh engineers and installers are the only personnel qualified to design and install our synthetic grass materials. DIY purchases are available with consultation but will void any installation warranty

There are numerous reasons that synthetic grass is an excellent option for Pittsburgh pet owners! First and foremost, it's much easier to care for than natural grass — you won't have to worry about fertilizing, saving you valuable time and money. Additionally, synthetic grass is more resilient than real grass, so it can withstand heavy foot traffic. Plus, artificial grass is chemical-free and safe, making it healthy for your pets.

It is very difficult for fleas, ticks, and other pests to survive in the artificial turf. While we can’t guarantee that your yard will be completely free of pests, you can count on them to be mostly eliminated. Because there isn’t any soil to support their nesting, you must keep an eye out for any accumulation of leaves or debris that can make a good breeding environment for fleas and ticks. As long as you clean your artificial lawn regularly, there will be very few pests.
Our synthetic grass is designed to be resilient and resistant to wear and tear, so it is able to tolerate digging without becoming damaged. However, if your pets are tenacious diggers, we recommend taking measures to stop them from digging through the artificial grass.

Yes, our synthetic grass looks and feels just like organic grass, so your pets will be able to enjoy it just as much as a regular grass lawn. They can run on the grass to their heart's content!

Yes, cleaning synthetic turf is easy! You can hassle-free spray it down with clean water to remove any pet waste. For more thorough cleaning, you can use a mild detergent and a soft-bristled brush to clean the grass. Take a look at our detailed cleaning guide for more tips.

Artificial grass is odorless, so if any smells do occur, it’s usually caused by urine specifically. Many dogs prefer to use one area of the lawn to do their business, so sometimes, you can get a little more of a build-up of odor. Southwest Green's pet-turf system is designed to help get rid of odors, but there are steps you can take to ensure no smells linger. We advise you use a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar to spray Fido’s favorite bathroom area. Let it dry to neutralize any unpleasant odor, if our system was not used.
Our synthetic grass is designed to be long-lasting and lasting, with a lifespan of up to twenty years with proper maintenance. However, the lifespan of your grass may depend on factors such as the amount of foot traffic it receives and how well it's maintained. Our sun-resistant synthetic turf products look and function like new because they are designed to withstand lots of traffic, inclement weather, and changes in temperature for all-year use. All installations come complete with a 1-year workmanship warranty and a producer's warranty that covers color loss.

The cost of artificial grass for pets can vary depending on factors such as the dimensions of your yard and the kind of grass you choose. We offer a variety of synthetic grass solutions to fit different budgets and needs, so we recommend reaching out to us for a customized quote.

While it's possible to install pet turf by yourself, we recommend hiring a expert to ensure that the job is done accurately. Our skilled team can help you design and set up a pet-friendly synthetic grass solution that meets your particular preferences and taste.

Southwest Greens’ backyard putting greens are manufactured utilizing high-quality synthetic turf specially engineered for longevity, performance, and appearance. We utilize advanced technology to produce true-to-life surfaces that replicate the features of natural grass. Endorsed by professional golfers in the PGA and LIV Tours.

The duration of installation depends on numerous elements like the size and complexity of the project. Usually, our expert installation team works swiftly to finish the installation process within the week, minimizing disruption to your schedule.

Yes, Southwest Greens' backyard putting greens are designed to withstand all weather conditions, meaning they are suitable for many climates. Our putting green turf is UV resistant and made to withstand extended exposure to sunlight, rain, and other environmental factors. You don’t have to cover it with a tarp over the Pittsburgh winter seasons (snow). Even if you cover it, a professional maintenance would be recommended once the last of the snow melts, around the first months of spring.

Certainly, we offer customization options to personalize your backyard putting green to your needs and available space. From dimensions and shape to fringe and contouring, our professionals work closely with you to create a putting green that enhances your outdoor landscape and meets your unique needs.

Maintaining your backyard putting green is easy and requires very little effort. Regular brushing to prevent matting to the fringe, periodic rinsing with water to clear debris, and keeping the surface free of leaves and other organic matter are usually all that's needed to keep your putting green in ideal shape. See this guide here.
Of course! Our artificial grass products are pet-friendly and designed to withstand the wear and tear of heavy use, including playful pets. Plus, unlike organic grass, our turf doesn't require dangerous pesticides or fertilizers, making it safe for your furry friends. While backyard putting greens are not recommended for pets, you can install pet turf in an area for them, too.

Our backyard putting greens are built to last for years to come with proper care and maintenance. With regular maintenance and occasional grooming, you can expect your putting green to give years of enjoyment for you and your family. Our first installations are now 20 years old or older and have maintained the vibrant green color and texture of genuine grass.

Installing a backyard putting green in your Pittsburgh home has numerous benefits, including convenient access to practice facilities, improving your golf skills, improved property value, lower water consumption, and a visually appealing outdoor space for entertainment and leisure.

Yes. Our backyard putting greens are made to react like an organic bent grass or bermuda green. Whether you are chipping from 2 yards to 200 yards, our putting greens will hold a shot as well as any traditional green. Because of the B.A.R. bounce, aim, and roll, your shot will react with the same spin and true roll of any natural surface. Ask us how our playability tools set the B.A.R.

We appreciate that space can be an issue for many Pittsburgh homeowners. Southwest Greens’ putting surfaces are crafted to fit even in limited areas. With our expert installation and design services, you can enjoy the convenience of practicing your golf game anytime, right from your backyard. Most backyard putting greens are 300-800 square feet, which provide great space for puttingand even short “chip shots”.

The cost of a Southwest Greens golf green depends on numerous factors, like the size, complexity of design, and site-specific considerations. Our team can provide you with a customized quote depending on your specific requirements. Contact us to learn more about the cost of installing a premium backyard putting green from Southwest Greens Pittsburgh. See this guide to estimate your cost.

It is easy to get started! Simply contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced Pittsburgh team members. We will document your outdoor space, talk about your vision and preferences, and create a personalized backyard putting green tailored to your needs and budget.

While it’spossible to build your own backyard putting green, the process comes with significant challenges. Artificial putting greens, though easier to maintain, need specialized turf products and infill designed specifically for golf greens, along with a considerable amount of equipment and expertise to ensure it is installed correctly.

Artificial grass, also called synthetic turf, is a surface crafted from synthetic fibers designed to resemble the look and touch of real grass. In commercial golf settings, it is commonly used for putting greens, tee lines, fringe areas, paths, cart paths, common areas, and even entire golf courses to offer a uniform and low-maintenance playing surface.

There are many benefits to using artificial grass on Pittsburgh commercial golf courses:

Low maintenance: Artificial grass requires minimal maintenance versus natural grass which saves time and money on mowing, watering, and fertilizing.

Consistency: Synthetic turf gives you a consistent playing surface year-round, regardless of Pittsburgh weather, offering a high-quality experience for golfers.

Durability: Southwest Greens artificial grass is made to survive heavy foot traffic and usewhich means it’s ideal for commercial golf settings.

Water conservation: Since artificial grass doesn't require watering, it helps conserve water resources, making it an environmentally friendly choice.

Customization: Southwest Greens offers numerous synthetic turf designs and options, letting you personalize the look and feel of your Pittsburgh golf course to suit your specific needs and preferences.
Yes, artificial grass is the perfect choice for putting greens in commercial golf settings. Southwest Greens putting greens are specially designed to mimic the performance characteristics of natural grass, offering a consistently smooth surface for Pittsburgh golfers to practice their putting skills.
While natural grass has its own unique characteristics, Southwest Greens’ artificial grass is crafted to closely replicate the look, feel, and performance of natural grass. Our synthetic turf products give you excellent playability and performance, providing a consistent surface for Pittsburgh golfers of every skill level. Ask a Southwest Greens representative to see the B.A.R. testing on playability.
Yes, artificial grass can be installed on existing Pittsburgh golf courses to replace live grass or enhance specific areas like putting greens, tee lines, and fringe areas. Southwest Greens installation experts will help assess your golf course's needs and help determine the best way for incorporating artificial grass into your existing layout.

Artificial grass from Southwest Greens is designed to be extremely durable and long-lasting, with a lifespan of 15-20 years or more with basic maintenance. Maintenance requirements are few and typically involve brushing occasionally to remove any debris and ensure optimal performance.

Artificial grass from Southwest Greens is safe for the environment and golfers alike. Our synthetic turf products are manufactured with non-toxic materials and don’t need harmful pesticides or fertilizers, making them an environmentally-friendly choice. Additionally, our turf is designed to offer supurb traction and shock absorption, reducing the risk of injury to golfers.
Yes, artificial grass is a great way to reduce water usage on Pittsburgh commercial golf courses. Since synthetic turf doesn't require watering, it helps conserve local water resources which reduces irrigation costs, making turf a sustainable option for Pittsburgh golf course owners and operators.

Southwest Greens' artificial grass is made with the latest technology and highest quality materials providing superior performance, durability, and aesthetics. Our synthetic turf products face rigorous testing to guarantee they meet the highest standards for playability, safety, and environmental sustainability.

To take the initial steps to installing artificial grass on your commercial golf course in Pittsburgh, contact Southwest Greens to schedule a consultation with one of our Pittsburgh turf experts. We'll work with you to assess your needs, review your options, and create a customized solution to meet your budget and timeline.

Usually, turf ends up in landfills, which uses precious space. However, Southwest Greens offers a more eco-friendly option through our recycling program. The Shaw Green Edge Recycling Program takes back the turf once it has been removed, and we can repurpose it in several ways.
The Shaw Green Edge is Shaw Industries' dedication to creating beautiful and environmentally-conscious flooring options and synthetic turf surfaces. It drives all our actions, promoting high ethical standards and preservation of our planet's resources, as well as the recycling of raw materials and the manufacturing of products that can be reused time and again.
(We've invested in in cutting-edge infrastructure like our Re2E (Reclaim to Energy) plant in Dalton, GA. Here, we utilize recycled ground surfaces, including artificial turf fibers, to create electricity for our production sites.

Without a doubt! Through advanced processes, the entire artificial turf system can be transformed back into a resin state. This material is then molded or extruded into new floor coverings such as carpet backing, mats, rugs, and resilient products, decreasing the need for virgin materials.

The sand and rubber infill are carefully extracted from the artificial grass, cleansed, and repurposed. It can be up-cycled in future turf installations or as materials for other products, limiting waste.

Livability is a benchmarking system we use to ensure our products meet high standards for material and environmental health. Different products have various types of measure, but all must meet premium expectations for consumer safety. We consider durability, temperature, UV resistance, and ecological impact to provide the highest value and performance.
Our offerings are made with environmental sustainability in mind. They’re non-toxic, renewable and sustainable, with a lowered carbon footprint. Further, they are dust-free, uncoated silica, and quartz-free, further reducing their environmental impact.
As a division of Shaw Industries, Southwest Greens aligns with Shaw's dedication to cutting water, energy, and emissions intensity. Together, we focus on sustainability and highlight opportunities to create a brighter future through partnerships and innovation.
Artificial tee lines and tee mats are man-made surfaces made to imitate real grass areas used for golfing. They provide a durable, low-maintenance option to traditional grass, fit for driving ranges, golf courses, and home use.
Artificial tee lines and tee mats are usually made from premium man-made fibers such as nylon or polypropylene. These materials are selected for their toughness, resilience, and ability to replicate the feel and performance of organic grass.

Artificial tee lines and tee mats offer numerous advantages, such as:

  • Durability: Withstand intense use and harsh weather conditions.
  • Low Maintenance: Need minimal upkeep as opposed to natural grass.
  • Consistent Performance: Ensure a consistent golfing surface year-round.
  • Budget-friendly: Reduce costs tied to irrigation, mowing, and fertilizer application.


Definitely, many artificial tee mats are made to be suitable for actual golf tees. They often have a thick, tufted construction that securely grips tees stable, enabling a true-to-life golf experience.

Installing typically includes:

  1. Surface Preparation: Remove debris from and flatten the area in which the tee line or mat will be installed.
  2. Base Layer: Place a base layer of crushed stone or aggregate to allow for good drainage.
  3. Mat Placement: Position the golf mat on top of the base layer, confirming a snug fit.
  4. Securing: Secure the tee mat using suitable fasteners to avoid movement.

We highly recommend getting a professional to install it. See our installation process here.

Care is straightforward and involves:

  • Routine Cleaning: Remove dirt and rinse with water to maintain a clean surface.
  • Inspection: Periodically inspect for any damage or wear and fix concerns quickly.
  • Rejuvenation: Occasionally lift the fibers with a electric broom to maintain the vertical position

Certainly, artificial tee mats are designed with your safety in mind. Tee mats offer a stable and consistent playing surface, reducing the risk of injuries associated with rough or damaged traditional grass.
Premium artificial tee lines and tee mats are made to withstand different weather conditions, such as strong sunlight, heavy rain, and cold temperatures. These mats are UV-stabilized to stop discoloration and wearing out from long-term sun exposure.
The lifespan of artificial tee lines and tee mats depends on the how often they are used and the grade of the materials. Typically, they last anywhere from 5 to 10 years with proper care.
Certainly, artificial tee mats can be tailored in size, depth, and style to meet individual needs. Reach out to discuss customization options!