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Baseball Field Maintenance

Why regular Sports Field Maintenance is so important: Turfgrass Management

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Lips, aeration, mound and plate, infield (rebuild and dragging)
Coaches, players and parents- their activity keeps fields more enjoyable for all = increase play and better play = increased revenues in the long run.

Did you know that you can get a college degree in Turfgrass Management, a B.S. no less? Yeah, you can even achieve a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in the subject. There’s a lot more to know about maintaining a sports field than most people would imagine. It’s not just about mowing the grass or watering the dirt or painting the end zones.

All sports fields require regular maintenance. Just like golf greens and tees, sports fields are high use, high performance areas. And just like in golf, the greater the skill level of the player the higher the impact the playing surface can have on the game. Indeed, when a field is in poor conditions it is more likely to have a negative impact on the players as well, causing injuries, making them focus on their own safety instead of developing their skills.

And while the local tee-ball team doesn’t need to hire it’s own Certified Sports Field Manager , they do need to look into providing at least a minimum amount of care to the turf and the infield dirt.

A great way to increase your level of maintenance without the accompanying paid labor hours is by getting the coaches, player and parents involved. You’ll not only have a better field in the end, you’ll also notice reduced damage overall as those who are using the fields develop a sense of pride and ownership from their work. Provide them with professional training and the right tools and you can see near immediate field improvements.

Suggest Turf Mangement Projects:
- daily or weekly lip sweeping or raking
- daily or weekly mound and plate repair (this works for clay or infield mix bases)
- weekly use of level board on plate, base lines and cut-outs
- turning irrigation on or off (if you make sure its set before hand they can do the driving to turn it on or off for you)
- seasonal infield maintenance
- fall interseeding

Bare Minimum Maintenance Procedures
At the barest minimum, ALL baseball and softball fields require the following:
1. Regular mowing
-never remove more than 1/3 of the total length of the grass
-sharper blades on the mower are better for the health of the grass
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2. Core aeration at least 2-3 times per year
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3. Fall fertilization
-when the roots are strong and healthy the grass will play better and will have increased wear-ability
4. Fall interseeding
-patch up the bare spots, and fill in those spots that are showing some wear
5. Post or Pre-season mound and plate area repair
6. Pre-season infield spike dragging (or super raking) followed by rolling with a 1-ton roller
-this removes the effects of winter freeze and thaw cycles, as well as ruts and bumps created through regular use and maintenance
7. Pre-season top-up to your top dressing
-no matter how careful you are, some top dressing is always lost in cleats, through plays, and in winter weather when the field isn’t in use
8. Post or Pre-season lip removal
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At the barest minimum, ALL football, soccer and other non-dirt fields require the following:
1. Regular mowing
-never remove more than 1/3 of the total length of the grass
-sharper blades on the mower are better for the health of the grass
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2. Core aeration at least 2-3 times per year
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3. Fall fertilization
-when the roots are strong and healthy the grass will play better and will have increased wear-ability
4. Fall interseeding
-patch up the bare spots, and fill in those spots that are showing some wear