Asked on Jul 12, 2019

How can we create both a basketball court and a flower bed here (pic)?

SharonRobyn GarnerAnn|The  Apple Street Cottage
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One US Puerto Rican Man who only charged me $100 for 2 days work... I'm amazed how he rocked my 8ft tall weeds in just 2 dys on 3/4 hrs each dy... God Bless him... Grandma living with adopted Grandson, he wants a basketball hoop and I want a flower bed... Show me the way?.. was going to lay artificial turf on all of it until G-Son threw a wrench in that thought... G-son is 14 yrs old and possible move out to adulthood won't be until 21 or College but we Military hope for the best but plan for the worst... 21 yrs stay living is the mental... 7 yrs from my now living... LOL.. L35' x W26' = 910 sq ft... Help...this is my forever home... his 7 yr stay, god willing, permitting and allowing always College is his future.

Before July 9th...

After July 9th...

6 answers
  • Well I don't see both in that small a space. The lower area could be the basketball area and the upper level I can see some shade loving potted plants. For basketball you would need to pour concrete. The other option would be to used decomposed granite or polymeric sand.

  • Jan Clark
    on Jul 12, 2019

    For a temporary short court, I would consider laying pavers down instead of pouring concrete. The area should be leveled and measured. 12 inch square concrete pavers will work. Tamp the ground, lay out the pavers and fill in the cracks with sand. To prevent shifting, you might want to put down a metal edging, too, all around the perimeter.

    I'm not sure where the hoop should be because I don't know if any of the buildings are yours. There is bound to be some bouncing against a wall and you sure don't want to annoy the neighbors. You can probably get around that by hanging netting (like they do at golf ranges) to stop the ball from going where it doesn't belong. The type of basketball goal that is weighted at the bottom is more versatile than an in-ground mount. That's my 2 cents. You know more about what you need than I do.

    • Sandy Rolon
      on Jul 12, 2019

      attaching the hoop to the deck's exterior... this is an old picture but shows where I can put the hoop

  • I don't think you have the space for a full court, but you may be able to set up the backboard/hoop in one side so he can shoot baskets. Then the rest could be gardens. Here's a picture to give you an idea:

  • Robyn Garner
    on Jul 12, 2019

    I think given your circumstances that putting in pavers would be best so you can reclaim the yard easily once he moves out. For flowers consider containers on casters so he can move them when he shoots baskets. Also add hanging plants.

  • Robyn Garner
    on Jul 12, 2019

    I think given your circumstances that putting in pavers would be best so you can reclaim the yard easily once he moves out. For flowers consider containers on casters so he can move them when he shoots baskets. Also add hanging plants.

  • Sharon
    on Jul 14, 2019

    I would do decomposed granite in an area for basketball shooting, you could cut out the bottom of a crate and put it up high on your back porch area, then hang some netting between those porch poles. Then do pot gardening along the edges, maybe recycled soda bottle towers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9vN2eudWcQ&t=478s

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