Create a Sports Field in Your Own Backyard
Take advantage of your healthy summer lawn to create a practice field in your own backyard. This is a great way to enjoy your outdoor space and engage with your kids.
Rake the area thoroughly to remove any rocks and debris.
This should always be the first step before mowing your lawn. However, it is especially important for creating a sports activity area. A good backyard sports field will be level, clear of rocks and large tree roots, and free of holes or dips. Remember, safety first.
Mow your yard to a height of 1 to 1 ½ inches.
Cutting the grass too short leaves it vulnerable. Also, a healthy lawn serves as an impact absorber for boisterous activities. However, it's important to not let grass grow too high. High grass will inhibit traction and hide trip hazards.
Measure out your new sports field.
You can scale down your sports field based on the area you have available. Really strapped for space? Just create the goal area or endzone. Involve the kids at this step. Measuring out the space and lines are a fun way to use math skills.
Mark out the lines of your field.
Baby powder is a cheap, harmless way to mark the lines of your sports field. The key is to use just enough for a visible line. There is no need to create thick lines of powder. Should you need to "erase" your lines, a leaf blower will whisk them away!
Offer to referee.
Not only is this a great opportunity to teach lessons on sportsmanship, competition, and accomplishment, this is an opportunity to watch your kids interact with others. Your kids will love having you around and having fun together. Proper lawn maintenance is the first step to having a great outdoor space. A lush, healthy lawn is not only beautiful but a great place to play. Mow your grass regularly to promote growth. Aerate high traffic/high use areas to prevent weeds.
Professional lawn care is an affordable way to have a great looking landscape while still having time to enjoy it. Contact us today!