Main­tain­ing turf ‘eas­ier than reg­u­lar lawns’

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While ar­ti­fi­cial turf will cost more up­front than grass, rang­ing from $5.49 to ap­prox­i­mately $15 per square foot, Kwiatkowski points out that it will also keep the area slightly cooler, as the heat doesn’t re­flect off of it.

“It’s go­ing to last for years and years,” says Kwiatkowski. “It’s go­ing to pro­vide years of en­joy­ment. The dura­bil­ity is pretty sub­stan­tial if it’s taken care of prop­erly. You just blow it off in the spring with a leaf blower to clean it up and maybe wash it in the spring. The main­te­nance is eas­ier than reg­u­lar lawns, and there are also com­pa­nies that will a sup­ply a main­te­nance ser­vice, but gen­er­ally the home­owner can do it very eas­ily.”

There are sev­eral op­tions for those in­ter­ested in in­stalling a putting green. Burnco sells — but does not in­stall — pre­fab­ri­cated kits that come in two sizes: 10 feet by 13 feet, or 20 feet by 13 feet. The smaller kit costs just un­der $2,000, while the larger size re­tails for $2,700. The in­stal­la­tion process is sim­i­lar to lay­ing paving stones, al­though the base must be prepped prop­erly to en­sure sta­bil­ity.

SWEET SPOT

The Hodges are no longer put­ter­ing around their house wait­ing for their “yardlift” to be com­pleted, and once Mercier and his team com­pleted the trans­for­ma­tion they were ea­ger to get out and hone their short game skills.

“Marc laid it down and Rob just got out his put­ter out,” said Glenda, who ex­pects that her golf game will show some im­prove­ment when she meets up with her putting league col­leagues next spring. “Marc helped us re­design our back­yard to com­ple­ment our house. The stream lights up, the putting holes light up. This was be­yond our ex­pec­ta­tions, and we set the bar high.”

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