With many cities becoming eco-friendly, a faux-grass putting green is an ideal solution for golfers wanting a low-maintenance green yard and a substantially reduced water bill. Installation varies greatly by yard and grass type, but if you’re the handy sort, it’s a fairly simple DIY project. Here’s a general guide:

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1 Define the area, removing grass, stones, weeds and ground cover. Excavate to a depth equal to your top layer (usually about 2 to 4 inches) and even deeper where you plan to place the cups. Build in drains where necessary, and add slopes. Some installers suggest cementing the cups to solidify their foundation.

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2 Prepare subsurface, adding necessary materials such as crushed gravel and stone dust per the grass manufacturer’s recommendation.

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3 Compact any crushed stone or sand on the surface, then rake to the proper grade. Repeat until surface is so solid that it doesn’t move when you walk on it. Various hardware can help with this; try a tramper (hand tool) or a plate compactor (rentable machine).

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4 Roll out the turf and trim accordingly. Apply glue and tape, as manufacturer suggests. Make edges seamless between strips.

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5 Blend the green’s outside edges into the surrounding landscape. Test the ball roll and the water runoff to make sure it all flows how you intended.

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6 Add any infill, such as silica, crumb rubber or sand, as recommended by the manufacturer. This will help keep the grass blades tight and flat, so that the ball rolls smoothly.