Edge your baseball field turf
Turf on Your Baseball Field
four in baseball field turf maintenance is to edge your turf
you're going to do
turf where it connects to the infield skin or dirt.
Why you do this
Your field will look
And this step increases
field safety and playability by reducing build up edges.
How you do this
Tips & Hints
- Use the proper
diagram and layout specifications for the field size you are working
- Mark where the
cutouts should be. Use spray paint, chalk, or string.
- Then use and edger
or sod cutter to cut and edge turf. Then rake or shovel up the scraps
and dispose of them.
Mistakes to avoid
- If your field hasn't
been edged for a couple years, the grass has grown way past the proper
area, or you have quite a lip build up, I recommend using a sod cutter
for the job. It provides a nice edge and will cut out the buildup. Be
prepared to clean up lots of scraps.
here for more info about sod cutters to edge turf.
- You can edge turf
a couple ways: walk the edger along a stringer held at the proper measurement
with large spikes or you can mark all the cut lines with white field
marking paint along the stringer before doing the edging. Any of the
waterproof paint will be gone after a mowing or two.
- It is easier if
two people are involved to move the stringer and mark the lines. If
there's a lot of edging (infield, foul territory, outfield grass line,
warning track) I prefer marking with paint and then edging it all at
- I did try edging
by following a stringer laid out where the edge should be. I used a
cotton stringer. I found it hard to keep from accidentally cutting the
string with the edger's cutter. This made for having to remeasure and
reset the string. This was a hassle.
- If you plan some
heavy duty topdressing work with trucks delivering on the field, wheelbarrows
hauling the material, etc. then you should do the edging last. Otherwise
all the equipment movement will wreck havoc on your nice new lines.
- Don't edge too
deep. Most sod cutter at rentals are set too deep as if you are harvesting
sod. You're not doing that. You're using the sod cutter like an automated
hula how. Set the depth for 1/2 inch.
an edge like this
Line marked for edging
a sod cutter