Whether you love the game of golf or simply want a yard that’s a true show stopper, installing a backyard putting green may be the ticket to your best summer ever. While creating your own personal golf green may seem like a demanding project, it is actually quite easy with the right know-how and materials.
Ready to get started? Follow these simple tips from Weed Man
- Pick a location. Location is one of the most crucial factors involved in putting green installations. Many yards feature improper grading and poor drainage, neither of which is conducive to the healthy growth of new turf. Weed Man recommends scouting out an elevated corner of your yard where extended shade coverage is not an issue. Keep your desired dimensions in mind when selecting a spot.
- Dig. If you have existing turf in the area where you’d like to plant your green, you will need to do a bit of digging. Don’t go too deep, though – just enough to allow for a new top layer level with the remaining yard. Create the shape of your green using a shovel and spray paint (optional).
- Rake. Once you’ve marked your location of choice, rake debris from the area.
- Spread soil. Wearing gardening gloves, spread soil evenly throughout your putting green area. A sandy loam soil is generally recommended for good drainage, but anything other than clay soil will work well.
- Rake & Roll. Now that your soil is down, distribute it evenly using a landscape rake. Then, roll the soil so that it is relatively compact. Repeat this step several times.
- Plant grass seed. Purchase grass seed from your local garden center. Creeping bentgrass is the preferred turf species for putting greens. You will want to use about 2 pounds of grass seed per 1,000 square feet.
- Water lightly. Although heavy watering is not needed and can damage your putting green, new grass seed does require moisture to thrive. Water gently 4-6 times per day.
- Mow often. Once the new grass has become established at approximately 1 inch long, it is time to mow. Mow a small area of the putting green to gauge the new grass’s resiliency. If discoloration or thinning occurs, overseeding and fertilization may be required.
- Note: To keep your putting green at the preferred height of 1/2 an inch, you will need to mow several times per week.
- Fertilize. If your lawn requires a pick-me-up, fertilizer can help. Golf courses typically fertilize multiple times throughout the year, and you will need to do the same to help your new putting green look its best. Be sure to spread the product evenly using the correct equipment, and do not over-fertilize.
- Create your golf hole. Once your putting green is strong and sturdy, use a bulb planter to cut out a hole in the surface.
- Accessorize. Fill the golf hole with a course-quality cup and flag for a more finished look.
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