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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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How to fix lumpy, bumpy infield turf

evaluate 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 and hintsGroundskeeper Tips & Hints includes:

  1. Two habits for successful field maintenance,
  2. How I cut my field maintenance time in half,
  3. What the dog taught me about turf management,
  4. The most important skill you will ever learn,
  5. What players never tell you,
  6. How to conquer your greatest time killer,
  7. My favorite sod cutter, and
  8. more about aerating, thinking in terms of results, 5 ways to level lumpy turf, and the art of the quick fix.

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The Complete Baseball Field Maintenance Handbook

 

Who you gonna call?

baseball fields gone bad

7 Baseball Fields Gone Bad:
How To Fix 'Em Up

Dear Baseball Insiders,

Everyone wants a winning baseball field. Right? 

But all too often a bad playing field causes a disgusting injury...
... an injury that costs a player his season or spot on the all star roster.

And I’ll tell you 7 horror stories that readers have shared with me.

These are stories of baseball fields gone bad. 
Ball fields that have caused injuries, aches, broken hearts, and wasted time and money.

I won’t leave you wondering what to do with these bad baseball fields though.
I’ll also share 23 resources to fix these problems.

Click here to read 7 case studies of baseball fields gone bad...

Wishing You Every Success,

Jim Reiner
Publisher, Editor, & Groundskeeper
The Ultimate Baseball Field Renovation Guide

 

How to maintain baseball infield dirt areas

Maintain baseball infield dirt for safe and quality baseball field

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How to roll baseball field turf so it is level (and 5 other ways to level it)

How to roll baseball field turf to make it level and get rid of the lumps and bumps

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How to evaluate your dirt / turf edge

evaluate dirt-turf edge

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Ever see a player or coach trip as he walks across your edge? Then you know you have a problem.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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?


Bonus #5: How To Get the Winning Edge How To Get The Winning Edge includes:

  1. The Importance of a flat grass edge
  2. Daily maintenance of the edge - how the pros do it
  3. The typical edging process that you can easily do
  4. Major and minor edge repair: hosing, trench and roll, new sod, mass aerate and roll, & a project to reclaim the dirt build up
  5. How to: marking the edges

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The Complete Baseball Field Maintenance Handbook

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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Fertilizer and spreader settings

spreader 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.

fertilizer spreader

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.

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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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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Find your baseball field diagram, measurement, and specification here

Find Your Official Baseball Field Diagram, Measurement, and Dimension Here

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Baseball Dirt: How to add and level it

Step by step guide to successfully add and level baseball dirt to your infield

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How to make and paint field logos

painting logos? Beware of this color

3. Choose your logo design and field location

A baseball field has several choices for location of a logo... most are behind home plate or in foul territory by the baseline. The farther away the fans are the bigger the logo has to be for them to really see it.

2. Create or buy your logo stencil

If the logo is not too complicated, a stencil can be fun and easy to make. A copy of the logo can be projected on to a plastic sheeting or tarp hung on a wall. Trace the logo. I use old 8' x 4' vinyl banners.

The simplest way to create the outline of the logo is to mark small half circles every few inches or foot if it is straight lines. After marking all of the half circles, cut them out with a utility knife.

1. Prepare the turf, position the stencil, and paint your logo

Mow the logo area a little shorter and collect the grass clippings.

Next, position the stencil and paint the small half circle cutouts. Remove the stencil. Now all you have to do is connect the dots to make your logo outline. Paint from the inside towards the outside edges.


How to Make and Paint Logos book coverMaking and Painting Field Logos (106 pages) includes:

  1. Preparation – designs and stencils, turf readiness, field location and size,
  2. Applying spray paint: aerosol & nozzles; best/worst colors
  3. Applying roller paint: mixing and rolling,
  4. Turf care and mowing with a logo, how to make it last
  5. Logos on dirt: paint and conditioner,
  6. Tips, hints, mistakes to avoid, and
  7. All kinds of examples and samples to follow for logos on natural and artificial turf including my all time favorite logo - the patriotic star.


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The Complete Baseball Field Maintenance Handbook

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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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 - 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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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 unappreciated

fixing 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!

fixing broken riding mower