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Game Day Prep with the Mariners

game day prep and rake use

    So, we all know a field rake is used to groom the infield dirt. We use it pre-game to smooth the dirt at the grass edges. We don't drag on the grass edge, right?

    The field rake has long teeth on one side and flat on the other. How many times do you see a fellow using it teeth down by working vigorously back and forth slowly going across the infield? Lots of hard work.

    Here's how the Mariners crew used the rake before and after:

    They push it flat side down. They walk behind and gently push it along leveling and filling in any heel marks.

    Brilliant. And fast. Try it out yourself this weekend. See how much better it works. One caveat. If your infield dirt is 4 inches of flour dust like dirt, this will not work so well. But hopefully your infield dirt is not like this.

    The Baseball Field Maintenance Handbook and its bonus guides include tons of tips like this. Simple, profound, and very easy. You could be using game day tips like this today.

    My goal is to give you easy tips and hints that can transform your baseball or softball field into a winning field.

    I invite you to come on in, see for yourself, and check out the other bonuses waiting for you.

    Have a better baseball experience!


    The complete Baseball Field Maintenance Handbook.

 

MLB chalking frames you too can build

chalking frames

Here is how professionals perfectly chalk the batter boxes and the baselines using wooden frames.

You could build one of these too. Keep in mind you may need two people to do the job and you will need a place to store these large frames.

Batter box chalking frame:




And here is a baseline chalking frame in action:

baseline chalking frame

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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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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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 Field Maintenance Handbook

Baseball Field Maintenance Handbook: Secrets to Your Own Winning Baseball Field. Tips and Hints Made Easy!

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How to evalute your dirt-turf edges

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 mark the edges

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The Complete Baseball Field Maintenance Handbook

The best dirt mix for your baseball field

Good footing and good bounces with the right dirt mix

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How to maintain baseball infield dirt areas

Maintain baseball infield dirt for safe and quality baseball field

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If summer killed your infield turf here are 3 ways to fix it

3 ways to renovate your turf

September and October are the very best time of year to strengthen and renovate your baseball turf.

Whether your ball field is in really bad shape right now or just needs a boost for spring, this is the time of year to do this. Your home lawn could benefit as well!

With a little work right now, you can go from these kind of before and after pictures:






Here are 3 ways to renovate your baseball turf right now:






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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How to finally fix your lumpy bumpy 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

How to add clay bricks to reinforce your mound

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Aerate your baseball field turf

Aerate your baseball field turf : the single most important thing you can do so it is healthy and plays good

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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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Remove lip build up on your ball field using water

How to use water to remove lip build up without wrecking your turf

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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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Baseball fence screen - what you need to know

Baseball fence screen - what you need to know about wind and fence specs

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Keep your batter box from turning into a deep hole

Two ways to keep your batter box from turning into a deep hole even if you can't tamp regularly

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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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