Grow a Putting Green

Suzanne Oliver
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Improve your handicap by putting in some extra tee time … right in your own back yard. What a great project for Dad and the kids! Installing your own putting green is easier than you think.

Materials

Powdered chalk

Practice putting flag and cup

Sod rolls

Wood pathway edging

Tools

Bulb planter

Manual lawn mower or power trimmer

Mechanical grass seeder

Rake

Rotary tiller or mid-tine tiller (from The Home Depot Tool Rental Center)

Lush Putting Green

Skill Level

Advanced

Tips

•    The best location for your putting green is in full sun, avoiding the low ground in your yard where water can pool.

•    Fertilizer needs may vary, so ask one of The Home Depot’s Certified Nursery Consultant’s for assistance.

•    Water only when the green shows signs of drought stress.

Directions

1. Decide on the dimensions of your putting green and mark with powdered chalk. Use tiller to break up sod and till soil to a depth of 4 to 6 inches. Rake out sticks, stones, existing grass or weeds and break up clods of dirt. If soil is overly compact, add peat or gypsum to loosen soil for grass roots to grow.

2. Line excavation site with wood pathway edging. Install rolls of sod so the rows are perpendicular to the slope of the yard. Start against a straight edge, which keeps the first row straight and makes it easier to lay subsequent rows tightly against each other.

3. Water up to three times a day in order to keep the sod moist, however do not soak the area. Watering in the afternoon allows time to dry, which will aid in preventing disease. After two weeks, decrease watering to every other day, which can encourage soil to firm up. Mow grass, taking off no more than 1/3 of the leaf height.

4. Use bulb planter to cut out hole to install practice putting flag and cup. The top of the cup should sit at least a 1/2-inch below turf level.

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