Maintaining a Grass Tennis Court

A grass tennis court is a coveted sports feature in a home. If you’re amongst the lucky ones with a lawn court, you want to be sure that it always looks its best. This calls for regular maintenance. Although grass courts are the most difficult to care for, the rewards are well worth the effort. Below is a guide that shows you how to care for your tennis pitch.

Materials Needed

  • Grass mower
  • Aeration tool
  • Chalk paint
  • Chalk line dispenser
  • Lawn roller
  • Fertilizer
  • Organic pesticide
  • Garden hose with spray nozzle

Step 1 – Watering

Use a garden hose with a spray attachment to water your tennis lawn. This must be done daily, preferably in the morning before the sun gets too high. Additionally, it is important that you water the court after it has been used. This will call for 2 water applications on the days that the court is used.

Step 2 – Mowing

Trim your tennis lawn regularly with a grass mower. It helps to create a smooth surface which is vital for tennis games. Trim the grass to a height of 10 to 15 millimeters in the winter and 5 to 10 millimeters during tennis season. It is best to trim the grass daily during the tennis season. Otherwise, mow the lawn 2 to 3 times each week. You need to re-mark the lines after each mowing. It helps to partition the court into sections, which provide guidance during games.

Step 3 – Fertilizing

Regular fertilization helps to keep the grass strong and healthy. It also encourages dense growth which provides a good cushion for the balls to bounce upon. Fertilizer helps to ensure that the court remains nice and green. Use a light fertilizer that contains nitrogen, potash and phosphate. It is best to fertilize in the spring and towards the end of fall.  

Step 4- Weeding

You must keep a watchful eye on your lawn court for weeds. It is best to weed them out as soon as they sprout. If given a chance, weeds can thrive on your lawn. They will compete with the grass for nutrients and hinder healthy growth. Besides, a weed infested tennis lawn doesn’t do much to enhance the appearance of your home.

Step 5 – Pests

Insects and worms may find your lawn tennis court an agreeable abode. However, a heavy presence of insects and worms becomes a nuisance to players. You may use organic pesticides to control their presence. Check with your local garden center for suitable pesticides.

Step 6 – Rolling

A good lawn tennis pitch should provide a firm, solid surface. This gives players a stable foundation to play upon. To achieve such a surface, a lawn roller comes in handy. You can purchase or rent one from a hardware store. It is best to use a roller on your court once a week. This will help to even out the low spots and create a smooth, even surface that is vital for good games.

Step 7- Aeration

It is a good idea to aerate your tennis lawn twice a year. This helps to improve circulation of air. It also facilitates the distribution of nutrients within the soil which encourages healthy grass growth. Use spikes or cores to aerate your lawn.