Project: Total Turf Maintenance Upgrade for Little League
- Little League Field
Turf Maintenance and Lip Removal
your field have a lip so big it's like a speed bump?
This one did. We fixed it.
Most little league
fields eventually get a BIG lip build up if preventative measures aren't
taken. This field got a huge lip buildup for a couple reasons:
- 5 tons of crushed
brick baseball mix was added in the spring by just dumping and spreading
it on top. It stayed too loose. For
the best way to add baseball dirt to a little league field and mix it
and firm it up check here.
- Then 5 more tons
of the stuff was added in the summer just for the fun of it. Coaches
thought it looked nice when it was wet down. Sure did. But
it was loose all over the place.
- And the biggest
problem of all - dragging over the edge of the grass. For
the proper way to maintain your infield dirt and avoid a major lip removal
project, click here.
We used a sod cutter
to fix the lip buildup and to edge the rest of the turf to spec.
- First, we located
the sprinklers along the edge of the outfield grass and the infield
dirt. They were all in a perfect arc 53 feet from the center of
the mound. So we knew where not to cut.
- Then I used the
sod cutter and cut off the grass and the lip buildup that ranged from
48 feet to 52 feet from the mound. This was a four foot wide area
like a speed bump.
- Next, we rolled up the bad grass, raked the dirt smooth, and hauled
the scraps away using a wheelbarrow.
- Lastly, we lined
out the infield grass to spec and used the sod cutter to remove minor
lip buildup as well as make it nice and straight.
Tips & Hints
- For a project like
this it really helps working with someone who can measure properly and
draw a straight line next to the stringer. The guy I worked with
was great at doing this.
more info and ways to remove lip buildup check here.
dragging over the
grass line results in
grass growing past its
loose dirt created a
My favorite cutter
after the lip is removed
little league infield
edged to spec