Although it seems counterintuitive, applying water to synthetic bowling greens is not merely suggested but is highly recommended as a basic housekeeping measure. It is well known among those who operate synthetic lawn bowling greens that applying water regularly is required to maintain a smooth playing surface. The turf is resting atop a layer of sand measuring 10 mm. During play, consistent use tends to soften the sand in areas, creating an uneven field. To get the lawn back to a smoother surface again, caretakers apply water to the turf for 3 to 5 minutes to help flatten out the sand. Applying water also helps keep the green free of dust and debris and look fresh and clean. The City decided to use synthetic grass at the Lawn Bowling Green to reduce maintenance costs, maintain constant conditions and provide a better-finished surface. The City is not "watering" synthetic grass but is instead caring for the sand underneath, which is an important part of the lawn bowling green and play.