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Spring Season Special
Holiday Special on Baseball Field Maintenance Handbook
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The best dirt mix for your baseball field
Good footing and good bounces with the right dirt mix
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Your efforts do not go unappreciatedfixing broken riding mower
There are many of you just like this fellow who spend time by yourself working on a machine till you get it fixed.
Thank you to all you Park and Rec workers, school district support staff, sports turf managers, and volunteer parents and coaches.
We all want to get the most out of what we put into maintaining our ball parks. Thank you! Thank you!
Why you should aerate after rolling your baseball turf
Rolling turf levels it, but compacts it. Find out why you need to aerate afterwards.
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Adding dirt mix to your ball field - Don't get the wrong mix!
Are you adding dirt mix to his baseball or softball fields? Read this warning to watch out for assumptions.
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Baseball Field Maintenance Handbook
Baseball Field Maintenance Handbook: Secrets to Your Own Winning Baseball Field. Tips and Hints Made Easy!
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Baseball Field Maintenance & Renovation for Youth, Collegiate, and Pros
Use this 'how to' baseball field maintenance guide to make your baseball field safer and more playable.
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Baseball dirt: raising the level, adding conditioner, and other questions
Questions about adding baseball dirt, raising the level two inches, how to maintain, where to get training
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Baseball fields gone bad - Don't Let This Happen to You!
Baseball fields gone bad - the problems, impact on players, and what you can do to fix it.
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Baseball field - getting ready for spring baseball
Baseball field advice for a high school about adding dirt and sod, and dealing with the freeze/thaw cycle
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Proper baseball dirt maintenance for true, consistent bounces, and good footing
If you're looking for ideas and techniques for baseball dirt maintenance, then this is the page for you.
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11 Items For Your Spring Budget11 line items for the spring budget
This is a specific proposed budget for a Little League complex with two 46/60 grass fields, one 60/90 grass field, and one dirt infield softball field. Teams practice and play on these from February to July.
- 300 pounds of sports turf grass seed, 80/20 perennial rye / blue grass, used on the infields in Feb and May. $420.
- 350 pounds of fertilizer applied lightly Feb-June. $140.
- 20 yards of baseball dirt used to tune up some low spots on each field. $700.
- Gas for the mowers, edgers, and blowers. $250.
- Paint for white and orange bases. This is used occaisionally throughout the season and every day during tournaments. $180.
- Drying agents and soil conditioners. 50 lb bags of calcined clay. $150.
- Equipment rentals - sod cutter and de-thatcher. $150.
- 1000 sq ft of sod to fix some cutouts and worn areas. $370.
- 20 yards of topdressing and sand mix. $300.
- New broom drag. $200.
- Assorted: stringers, weed killer, spare sprinklers, edger blades, batter box markers, tie downs, base peg plugs, rubber mats, and eye/ear protection. $250.
In prior years there were also line items to cover the cost to repair / replace equipment, tools, bases, fencing, signage, draniage, and bulbs for the scoreboards.
Well, I hope this gives you something to think about.
You can take these ideas and tailor them to your specific situation.
This kind of planning that makes for a better baseball experience so your athletes reach their fullest potential. And that's what it's all about - the players.
p.s. Got budget line items, but need funding?
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FAQs: baseball field questions about ballpark maintenance
Ever have baseball field questions about field maintenance? Here are some that are frequently asked.
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3 ways to renovate your baseball turf right now3 ways to renovate your turf
Over seed bare spots in baseball sod
How to over seed bare spots in baseball sod - one thing you must get right for great results
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My field sucks. The City doesn't care. How can I get something done?
Overcome obstacles with your baseball field proejcts: 7 things you need to know to be successful.
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How to Evaluate Your Dirt / Turf Edgeevaluate dirt-turf edge
- Stand on the dirt-turf edge of your infield, for example, so you have part of your foot on the grass and part on the dirt.
- Is it flat? Or can you tell you are not level? Some ball fields have as much as a 3 inch drop at the edge.
- Ever see a player or coach trip as he walks across your edge? Then you know you have a problem.
- Stand at one of the corners. Look down the dirt-turf edge. Is it straight and neatly cut? Is the grass at the edge thin and worn out or is it nice and thick and full?
- Do you clearly see a hump even from the dugout or from the stands? If it is visible from far away then you definitely have a problem.
- Roll a ball across the edge. Does it hop up or roll smoothly across?
But more importantly do you know how to maintain a nice level edge? Do you know how to fix that lip and ledge you have on your baseball field?
How To Get The Winning Edge includes:
- The Importance of a flat grass edge
- Daily maintenance of the edge - how the pros do it
- The typical edging process that you can easily do
- Major and minor edge repair: hosing, trench and roll, new sod, mass aerate and roll, & a project to reclaim the dirt build up
- How to marking the edges
I invite you to come on in, see for yourself, and check out the other bonuses waiting for you.
The Complete Baseball Field Maintenance Handbook
All about nail drag and bolt drag for a baseball field
How the nail drag and bolt drag fit into your arsenal of baseball field maintenance tools
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Project for Little League basball field turf and lip removal
Need to fix lip build up on your little league field? Find out how we did it with our project
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How to roll baseball field turf so it is level
How to roll baseball field turf to make it level and get rid of the lumps and bumps
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