Drum roll…please!!! Well, we finally have a backyard space the kids can practice on. If you remember, we were going to pour concrete and then place the cage, but labor was very expensive and on top of that if my kids ever quit softball, we would have had to break all the concrete up and haul it away. Our concrete quotes came in from $10 to $15/sqft. That was a little too much for concrete that won’t even look nice and we would have to put a carpet on top of it anyway to protect the balls. Well, California is also going through drought and we didn’t want to have a space we have to water. So just for a few more dollars/sqft, we decided to go with artificial grass and be a little eco-friendly.
There was a wide price range in the artificial grass product also and we decided to go with a company called “Better than real- Artificial grass“. To save a couple of grand, my husband decided to level the area by removing dirt by himself. Then the Artificial grass guys came in and finished the rest. You can see the pictures in the collage. They did a really good job of compacting, laying weed barrier, laying the artificial grass and sweeping sand between the blades to make the grass look real. We chose the PP80-fescue type grass blend with dead ends that made it look more natural. We shall see how good it holds up for the next few years.
We bought the cage from Ultimate sport gyms. They have a wide variety of products that you can choose from. I am glad to see that we are finally using our tiny backyard to the fullest extent literally. I believe my kids will be using the space primarily for pitching and throwing. They get plenty of batting practice when they go to their team indoor practice facility. The kids also loved rolling on the grass in between practice. How is that for a change up? 😉 The only one that is a little upset is our little miniature poodle who has lost his huge backyard potty space. Now his space has been confined to a small patch of grassy area of the backyard outside the softball cage. At first he was not happy about it, but he has adjusted well. He is an indoor dog anyway.