Overseed Your Baseball Field Turf

Overseed Your Baseball Field Turf
 
Step six in baseball field turf maintenance is to thicken the turf

 
What you're going to do

After the topdressing is applied, seeding should follow.

Don't skimp on grass seed; make sure it is certified.

Try to keep about a half a bag of infield and outfield seed for filling in thin spots later.

Why you do this

Overseeding fills in thin areas and strengthens turf for another season of baseball. This helps improve the field so it is safe, true, and consistent.

How you do this
  1. The infield is seeded with Champion Sports Turf which is an 80/20 mixture of rye grass and bluegrass. Seed at a rate of 6-8 pounds per 1000 sq ft.

  2. The typical infield requires about one and a half 50 pound bags of seed. Put a little extra seed on the area around the mound, between the mound and home plate, and around first and third base.

  3. The outfield is seeded with a 90/10 mixture of fescue and bluegrass. Seed at a rate of 6-8 pounds per 1000 sq ft. The high school outfield requires about nine 50 pound bags of seed.

Tips & Hints

  1. Rye grass germinates faster than fescue. It can be applied when it is still cold out early in the spring. In northern California it can go out mid January.

  2. Fescue does better if it warms up a bit. In northern California it does best when put out in late February. If it goes out earlier, it will just take longer to germinate.

  3. If your grass edge lines are not growing out as far as they should, you can put extra seed along the edge letting it go past the edge line. After it grows, you will be able to cut a very nice edge.

  4. Keep about 20 pounds for spot seeding later. Keep more if you can tell you'll probably need it.

  5. The bigger, walk-behind spreaders are easier and more consistent than the smaller hand-held type.

Mistakes to avoid
  1. Sometimes you can be anxious to be the job done before you play on it. If you overseed when it is still quite cold, most of it may be eaten by the hungry birds.

  2. Once you start watering, you need to keep it going for the seed to germinate and grow. If you don't, the seedlings will die. In early spring, the rains may do the job, but if you have a couple week break, you need to water.

  3. Don't let people walk all over the newly planned seeds. Even if you have to put lots of flags around the area to let people know they should stay off!

For info on seed and fertilizer to use, check this section on baseball field maintenance products.

 
overseeding thin areas

overseeding helps this


don't skimp on seed


50 lbs for the infield


thick turf after seeding


rye grass for the infield



fescue for the outfield



keep off the new grass!

 


 
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Baseball Turf Maintenance
Mowing   |  Marking Sprinklers  |  Aerating  |  Edging  |  Topdress  |  Overseed 
Dragging the Turf   |  Fertilizing  |  Irrigating  |  Spot Seeding

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