Marathon is pleased to partner with Dales Sport Surfaces in the U.K., providing outdoor artificial lawn bowling greens. Bowling green maintenance and management is often described as an art. However, the number of available artists is declining. Finding replacements for retiring volunteer greens-keepers is proving difficult due to the lack of interest by current lawn bowlers and agricultural school graduates. In some Canadian cities, green maintenance is handled mostly by municipal parks maintenance staff. Along with the ever-increasing cost of labour and specialized equipment, many bowls clubs/cities in Canada have decided to install artificial bowling surfaces.
Those who maintain these new surfaces describe the care and maintenance as minimal as the surface is simply vacuumed as needed, mainly to remove surface debris such as bird droppings, leaves and other windblown materials. As on natural grass greens, bowling direction is rotated regularly to more evenly distribute any potential wear.