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Baseball field maintenance goofs I made and hopefully you don't
Baseball field maintenance goofs I made. Be forwarned and your project can still have a happy ending.
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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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Use the right settings to spread seed and fertilizerspreader and settings
I use a walk behind cyclone spreader for fertilizing my infields. I use it in such a way to try and have continuous growth and fullness without spurts and lags. And I generally mow 2x a week in season with an occaisional 3x / wk for tournaments.
This is a Scotts Speedy Green 3000 model I use.
My settings for fertilizer and grass seed:
3 - for fine granules of 21-0-0 Ammonia sulfate. This is a fast-acting source of nitrogen I lightly use 7-10 days before tournaments or special events. Setting 3 puts out a little less than one pound of nitrogen per 1000 sq ft. Just enough to kick-start growth and greening without adding too much extra to mow.
5 - for pellets and granules of the majority of year round fertilizing. This includes such mixes as 16-6-8 or 24-6-8 or 21-7-14. I put these out once a month. Setting 5 puts out less than the manufacturer's recommnedation. But I also put it out more often for continuous growth and feeding of the roots and stems. I like to combine these feedings with monthly core aerating. At this setting I spread one 50 pound bag over 13,000 sq ft. For very large pellets I may bump it up to 7.
5 - fall and spring overseeding with the mix of 80% perennial rye and 20% bluegrass; I spread at a rate of about 4 pounds per 1000 sq ft. This is less than the recommended rate, but my turf is generally in good shape with all I do, so I don't need to put out 6-8 pounds per 1000 sq ft.
3 - lightly overseeding bi-monthly when aerating during the playing season. This doesn't seem like much, but it does add depth, thickness, and fullness.
How to Measure Between Baseswhere to measure the bases
When measuring home to 1st base, do I measure from the apex to front of 1st base?
A where-to-measure-from diagram would be very helpful from home to every base. Thanks.
When measuring home to 1B or 3B, you measure from the back point of home plate to the back of the base. The measurement for home to 2B goes from the back point of home plate to the center of 2B. Right where the peg goes.
Have a great spring season!
Here's a diagram showing you where to measure the bases:
Learn from baseball field projects and case studies
Need baseball field projects to learn from? Here's a visual guide of many different projects.
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Baseball Field Maintenance - how to get started
Get started with baseball field maintenance using some basic need-to-know information and then some choices for whipping your field into shape
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Baseball field funding ideas for your baseball field maintenance projects
Need some ideas to get baseball field funding for your projects when you don't have much money? How can you get funding?
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Baseball field checklist for field maintenance and pre-season audit
If you're looking for baseball field checklist and audit ideas, here are the best ones to develop a proper maintenance routine for your baseball field
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The best baseball turf maintenance program there is
Looking for baseball turf maintenance tips and hints the pros use? Find them here. and make all your bounces dependable.
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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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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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Are You Making These Sod Installation Mistakes?sod installation mistakes
This year I've seen several sod installations go bad.
There are several reasons for this.
- Not doing any planning or preparation BEFORE the sod is delivered.
- Leaving the sod out in the sun for half a day before attempting to use it - it dried up and died.
- Not soaking it after laying it - the roots had little water; the grass died.
- And the worst of all - not watering it regularly after installation to ensure it takes - again, no water equals dead grass.
But I've also seen two installations that went very well and were ready for competitive play within three weeks.
[Note: If you are considering sod for your field, then you need to be aware of decisions you need to make and tips and hints for successful sod installation.]
Adding brick dust to a baseball field - dialog with a coach
Dialog with a coach all about adding brick dust to his baseball field
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Baseball field questions - specific answers
Baseball Field Questions? Get Specific Answers from Experts and Help Each Other.
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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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Holiday Special on Baseball Field Maintenance Handbook
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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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A Better Baseball Field for Better Play, October issue
Your monthly guide to baseball field maintenance tips, hints, and case studies
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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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Find your baseball field diagram, measurement, and specification here
Find Your Official Baseball Field Diagram, Measurement, and Dimension Here
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baseball field turf maintenance checklist
A great 10 step baseball field turf maintenance checklist
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3 ways to renovate your baseball turf right now3 ways to renovate your turf
How to Finally Level Your Lumpy, Bumpy Turfevaluate dirt-turf edge
| 1. Start by mowing the grass to about an inch and a half. Also water if your ground is not moist. The next step does not work so well if your ground is dry and hard. |
2. Core aerate in multiple directions so you have at least 10-15 holes per square foot. This will mean at least 2 passes if not as many as 4. You should get the core holes down 3-4 inches.
3. Let the cores set and dry a bit. They can become your topdressing since you did so many passes. Then pull a metal mesh screen drag around on the infield grass to break up the cores. This levels them out and fills in many of the small dips.
4. You might be left with some small bumps that the hand roller can take care of. If you do this same process again in about 3-4 weeks, you should have a perfectly flat field.
This is just one way to level lumpy, bumpy infield turf.
There are at least five more.
One of the special reports with the baseball field maintenance handbook is all about Groundskeeper Tips & Hints. There are 25 pages filled with expert advice on how to maximize what you learn.
Groundskeeper Tips & Hints includes:
- Two habits for successful field maintenance,
- How I cut my field maintenance time in half,
- What the dog taught me about turf management,
- The most important skill you will ever learn,
- What players never tell you,
- How to conquer your greatest time killer,
- My favorite sod cutter, and
- more about aerating, thinking in terms of results, 5 ways to level lumpy turf, and the art of the quick fix.
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