Artificial turf is the ideal playing surface for backyard recreation. It does not show wear and tear and requires minimal upkeep. The surface can be changed repeatedly without affecting the surface of play. Badminton, volleyball, flag football, croquet, and lacrosse are just a few of the games that can be played on an artificial turf surface without damaging the grass or creating a mess when it comes to clean up. If you have a favorite sport, all you need is the paint to outline the field and the right equipment to set up the game, and you will be all set for a day of fun and games with the family.
Types of Backyard Games
Games that require the use of a net such as volleyball, badminton, and tennis are easily played on an artificial turf surface. The net can be easily secured with the use of poles that have a weighted base. Unlike a dirt surface in which the poles can be driven into the soil, the poles must rest on the surface of the artificial turf. The boundaries can be painted on to the surface with special paints that can be purchased from any company who specializes in the sale and installation of artificial turf. Flag football, lacrosse, and soccer are also great choices for backyard fun.
Preparing The Field
If you plan on playing any type of games on your artificial turf, you will need to prepare the field. Boundaries can be established by applying specific types of paints that are designed to be used on artificial turf surfaces. There are paints that can be washed away after each use or sprayed on for a more permanent effect. This type of paint will eventually wear off and can be reapplied as needed. When artificial turf is installed, most of the valleys and dips will have been removed. If you plan on playing any type of game on the turf, it is important to choose an area of the lawn that is relatively smooth with few low areas.
Using the Right Equipment
Because of how artificial turf is constructed, it is important to choose the right type of equipment for each sport. Just like weighted poles that are used for the net in badminton and volleyball, games like croquet will require special wires that will sit on the surface of the turf without puncturing the fabric backing. Hard plastic loops with widened ends that can easily be buried in the infill will work well for croquet. No matter what type of sport or game you choose, using the right type of equipment will protect the integrity of the turf and allow you to have fun with the family for hours on end.
The durability of artificial turf for athletic and recreational events has been proven time and time again. Its ability to withstand high volumes of foot traffic and the constant back and forth motion that comes from pivoting and twisting on the balls of the feet, make it an exceptional playing surface for almost every type of backyard sport or recreational activity. The turf requires minimal upkeep and will not need any additional maintenance. Installing artificial turf in the backyard will open up a whole new world when it comes to recreational activities with the family. From putting greens to flag football fields, artificial turf provides a maintenance free, reliable surface that will not show any adverse wear even after the heaviest amounts of foot traffic and ball play.
When choosing a sport or recreational activity, contact the company who installed the artificial turf and locate a store that sells the type of equipment you need to play the sports and games of your choice.