Sports Yard


Whether you're practicing your backswing or perfecting your lay-up, sports are the priority in this backyard design.
Whether you're practicing your backswing or perfecting your lay-up, sports are the priority in this backyard design.
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A beautiful back yard is literally uprooted to create a sports lover's paradise.  The homeowners' yard is transformed into a multipurpose sports court complete with new surrounding landscaping.

Step 1: Prepare the Yard

In order to prepare the yard for the installation of the court, cut and remove the trees, hedges and ground cover. To cut down the tree, first remove the branches with a power chain saw. [Tip: Always remember to use proper safety gear when operating power tools.] Next, cut the large branches into smaller, more manageable pieces and haul away. Then, piece by piece, cut down the rest of the tree. If possible, rent a container to dispose of the large items removed from the yard. Remove any hard landscaping, i.e., railroad ties or landscaping timbers, and use shovels and rakes to pull out all ground cover to prepare for 2,500 square feet of cement.

Step 2: Plan and Landscape

The next day, carefully plan and landscape the areas that will surround the court. Make sure that you keep delicate plants and flowers out of harm's way. [Tip: When planting, leave a shallow well around plants to help gather water.] Before pouring cement for the concrete pad, level the area, removing any large rocks; build a wood form for the pad; and create a sand and gravel base. Lay in reinforcing rods (known as rebar) to prevent the concrete pad from cracking. Pour and level the concrete; expert help is highly recommended for this stage! Always check out a contractor's references. After 24 hours of drying time, install the game court.

Step 3: Build the Court

On the final day, tile the court's surface by carefully following provided instructions, erect the standards, finish landscaping, mow the lawn, and clean up the yard. The tiles interconnect to make for easy installation and are easy to decorate with your favorite team logo. Erect the support posts, attach the backboard, and hang the net. Always mow your grass with a sharp blade. Dull edges will tear the grass instead of cutting it, and can allow for disease to enter the grass and cause it to turn brown and eventually die.