Using Lawnmowers To Build And Mark Tennis Courts

To build a​ tennis court properly means a​ lot of​ work and it​ should only be attempted under the​ direction of​ some one who understands it. the​ things most important are good drainage,​ good light,​ and sufficient room. a​ double court is​ 36 feet wide by 72 feet long,​ but in​ tournament games or​ on​ courts where experts play it​ is​ customary to​ have an​ open space about 60 feet wide by 110 to​ 120 feet long,​ to​ give the​ players plenty of​ room to​ run back and otherwise to​ play a​ fast game.

A court should always be laid out north and south or​ as​ near these points of​ the​ compass as​ possible. in​ courts running east and west the​ sun is​ sure to​ be in​ the​ eyes of​ one of​ the​ players nearly all day; this is​ of​ course a​ very serious objection. While it​ is​ very pleasant to​ play tennis in​ the​ shade of​ a​ tree or​ building,​ a​ court should never be located under these conditions if​ it​ is​ possible to​ avoid it. a​ properly placed court should be fully exposed to​ the​ sun all day.

Cutting And Making Up the​ Grass With Lawn Mowers

First of​ all it​ will be necessary to​ decide whether a​ grass or​ "dirt” court is​ to​ be built. if​ the​ grass is​ fine and the​ place where the​ court is​ to​ be happens to​ be level,​ there is​ little to​ do but to​ cut the​ sod very short with a​ lawn-mower and to​ mark out the​ court. If,​ on​ the​ contrary,​ there is​ much grading or​ leveling to​ be done,​ a​ dirt court will be much cheaper and better in​ the​ end,​ as​ constant playing on​ turf soon wears bare spots. the​ upkeep of​ a​ grass court will be expensive unless it​ is​ feasible to​ move its position from time to​ time.

Choosing a​ Drainage For Your Court

Whatever the​ court is​ to​ be,​ the​ first question to​ consider is​ proper drainage. if​ the​ subsoil is​ sandy the​ chances are that the​ natural soakage will take care of​ the​ surplus water,​ but on​ the​ contrary,​ if​ the​ court is​ at​ the​ bottom of​ a​ hill or​ in​ a​ low place where clay predominates,​ it​ is​ necessary to​ provide some means of​ getting rid of​ the​ surplus water from rainfalls or​ our court may be a​ sea of​ mud just when it​ would be most useful to​ us.

To level a​ court properly we​ shall need the​ services of​ some one expert with a​ leveling instrument of​ some kind. it​ is​ not safe to​ depend on​ what seems to​ be level to​ our eye,​ as​ our judgment is​ often influenced by leaning trees,​ the​ horizon,​ and other natural objects. With a​ few stakes driven into the​ ground,​ the​ tops of​ which are level,​ we​ are enabled to​ stretch lines which will give us our levels accurately.

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