Thursday, 26 September 2013

Installing Putting Green in Your Backyard

There is nothing more exciting for any golfer than to have a putting green in his backyard. Apart from adding a dash of richness and color to your house, it would also help you play your favorite game, as and when you please to. Though the thought of installing a putting green might seem to be fascinating idea, there are a lot of factors to be considered – starting from where should you start, to what the process is all about, if you want to install natural grass or artificial ones etc and it may seem like too tedious a job to handle on your own. Remember – you can always hire landscape professionals to get the job done with precision and on time if you aren’t too sure about handling it on your own.
In case you want to opt for a DIY method, here is a brief guide on installing putting green in your backyard.
While considering about installing a putting green, the first decision that you have to take is whether you want to use real grass or synthetic ones. The real ones are always grown, usually, while the synthetic ones are made of nylon or polypropylene.
In case you prefer to install real grass, you need to take care of certain factors –
  • Collect the grass seeds – First of all, you need to find a retailer who offers good quality grass seeds. The seeds that are mostly utilized by the professionals are known as bent grass and that can be bought from any nursery in your locality. If you can’t find any retailer offering these seeds, consider shopping online. There are a number of nurseries that sell products online.
  • Choose the location carefully – While installing a putting green, you need to be careful enough about the location. Make sure the plot receives plenty of sunlight so that the plants can grow properly. Check out the slope of the surface and examine if the water can be drained out appropriately. Also, make sure that there is not too much of vegetation or trees in the surrounding area that can obstruct the sunlight and the airflow.
  • Examine the soil’s quality – Like any other plantation, it is important to check the quality of the soil before you start installing your putting green. Consider consulting some experienced landscape professionals who will examine the quality of your soil and tell you if the pH level needs to be improved or not.
  • Ensure proper maintenance – Another thing that you must keep in mind is that the putting green of natural grass needs to be maintained properly. You should water them, trim them and take care of the soil quality on a regular basis. In case you don’t have enough time for these tasks, you can hire the help of professionals from a reputed landscape company, who offer reliable maintenance service.
If you want to save time and effort on installing putting green, synthetic grass would be the perfect choice for you. Usually, people who are more interested in playing golf than making lawns opt for this option. Though the initial cost of installing synthetic grass is a bit higher, the maintenance cost is far less than its natural counterpart. What you need to remember always is to keep the surface of the synthetic grass free of debris and other leaves, though there is no need of daily irrigation, mowing, fertilization, rolling etc. Moreover, you won’t need to be bothered about all those possible diseases that can plague natural grass turfs or what would be the ideal fertilizer to use. While it is usually said that the synthetic surfaces don’t quite look like the actual ones, the golfers are of the opinion that the ‘feel’ of both the types is very close to each other. However, it is advisable to hire the services of a professional landscape company to decide upon what type of putting green would suit your needs and budget the best, and get it installed, if you don’t want to slog for hours, doing the job on your own.

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