Are you a golfing enthusiast? Do you have a large backyard that you're wanting to renovate? If your backyard has been neglected by previous homeowners, it can be difficult to visualize it being any different. But if you like to go golfing, here are some steps and ideas for turning your currently unattractive yard into an aesthetically pleasing practice putting green:
Remove the old grass: Some people may advise you to simply reseed your lawn with an appropriate golf and turf seed product. But if you do this, you'll always have to deal with the original grass species popping up in the middle of your otherwise pristine lawn. If your lawn was originally created using rolled strips of sod, it may be a relatively simple matter to simply roll them back up again. However, if the grass has put down substantial roots or if it was grown in place using grass seed, you should rent a sod cutter to remove your grass.
Mark out hazards: While you won't be doing fairway drives, your putting area can be made more challenging with the use of hazards. Instead of sand traps, consider using aesthetically pleasing xeriscaped areas, filled with plants that can stand being stepped on or being hit by a golf club. Moss rose, also known as portulaca, is a hardy and low-growing plant that produces beautiful flowers. For hazards in other areas, you could plant sweet alyssum, creeping thyme and more. Your local lawn care store should be able to help you find plants that will fit into your golf and turf plans. For best results, the plants should be in the ground before you add grass in. This will allow them to become well established and resistant to damage by the time you decide to start practice your putting.
Reseed your lawn: Although you may be wanting to simply buy new strips of sod and apply them, that may not be possible. Sod available in your area may only be appropriate for the "roughs" that surround the putting green. For the green itself, you'll want to look for an appropriate golf and turf grass seed product. The exact species will vary depending on where in the US you live, but you'll want a grass with fine blades and that grows or can be cut extremely short. Most professional putting greens in the United States are made from creeping bentgrass, but you'll want to ask the professionals at your local lawn care store whether that will work for your home.
My name is Sara Jenkins and I am the daughter of a plumber. As a young girl, I was not very impressed by what my father did for a living, but I loved spending time with him so I was thrilled each time he asked me to help with a repair around the house. What I didn't realize at the time was that my father was teaching me skills that would prove incredibly useful in my adult life. Today, thanks to him, I have completed a long list of plumbing jobs in my own home without the need to hire a contractor. This blog is my way of saying thank you to him by sharing all of the things that he has taught me about home repairs and construction.