in Florida asks:
Our high school
field is in good shape with the exception of some minor lip build
up on the turf edge of the infield.
Can I use a
power washer to blast this out? Anything else I should know to make
this work for me? I want to remove lip build up without wrecking
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Yes, using water
is a good way to blast out minor lip build up at the grass edge.
a power washer. If this is the kind of thing I'm thinking about
- air compressor and hose sprayer used to wash a house off before
painting - then this is probably too much pressure.
It will not
only clean off the dirt build up, but it will damage or disintegrate
your grass at the edge. This is something to be careful with even
when using a hose with normal field water pressure - the roots can
only take so much with this.
blasting is a good way to remove lip build up - maybe a
fourth to half inch at a time. More than that and you stress the
grass. So, you can do this once a week for three weeks and get it
down. And to help the roots at the edge you can also put down some
starter fertilizer along the edge to help them recover. I use 6-20-20.
If your lip
build up is more substantial, instead of using water to blast the
dirt out, you need to consider other measures to remove
lip build up including cutting the lip out and/or using
a heavy roller to flatten it.
Here's how I
use water to remove lip build up:
Have a great spring season!
Yours for better
play more often,
Publisher, Editor, & Groundskeeper
Baseball Field Renovation Guide