your top soil under your baseball field turf
lumpy and bumpy?
are two ways to level your turf area:
Roll your baseball field turf
you roll your baseball field turf with a 1-3 ton roller, it is best to
do a few things:
your turf as part of an overall turf maintenance program.
This means you'll be doing some field maintenance before and after rolling
as part of getting your field in great shape.
your baseball field grass to its normal mowing. If you don't
mow real long grass, it can get matted down in the dirt and be hard
to mow later.
- Walk your
field to get a feel for where the trouble spots are.
- Got some
high lips around the turf perimeter? Consider
cutting out the lips before you roll baseball field turf.
our sprinklers. If the heads are 1-2 inches under ground, then
you won't have a problem rolling over them. However, if any of
the heads are ground level or higher (which they shouldn't be - that's
not safe for players with cleats), then you need to mark
the high sprinklers so you don't crush them.
some real bad holes out there? Like where the center fielders
stand and dig in with their cleats? Then put some top soil in
the hole first.
the rolling so the ground is moist, but not soggy. Hard ground
does not roll well. It needs to be damp to have some give.
- Make sure
you have field access for the roller equipment. Avoid baseball
field maintenance goofs.
the steam roller yourself? Then check here for tips
and hints for best results when using a steam roller to level your baseball
field turf: This part is easy, but as always with heavy equipment,
- Roll the
turf in an X pattern to ensure lumps and bumps are flattened.
- Be careful
about tight turns - this can tear up the ground.
- Be careful
near fencing and back stops. Know how high and far the roller
forward, reverse, and stopping on a steam roller in wide open areas
before going near structures.
known bad spots to see if you need to roll again or add some top soil
and roll again.
roll baseball field turf to level it: IMPORTANT:
rolling levels, but also compacts the soil. This can stress or even
damange turf roots.
aerate the turf so it can breathe and get nutrients to the roots.
- This is
a good time to overseed
your grass if you haven't done so.
- When you
roll baseball field turf, you flatten out small mounds and small holes.
It does not flatten out wide and slightly rolling undulations you might
have. It just smooths them out. If you have obvious low spots
(for example a 15 foot diamater area where the left fielder stands)
spread some topsoil and rake smooth so the top of the grass shows through.
through your sprinklers to ensure they still work and make sure you
didn't damage one by accident.
Five other ways to level your baseball field turf and dirt
2008 Better Fields newsletter for detail instructions for each technique)
1. Big holes or ruts in the outfield: fill
them in with reclaimed
sand and cover with topsoil and seed.
2. Uneven infield turf: best thing to
do is several applications
3. Infield turf with major ruts and undulations: spread
out 10 tons of top soil / compost and drag it level.
4. Infield skin (dirt) not level: add
about 3-5 tons on a little league baseball field and spread, till, then
a box or leveler device, and drag.
5. Major infield turf problems: scrape
with a tractor and smooth bucket and start over. See
example of this kind of field renovation for a baseball field at a park
and rec department. It was so bad, there was no other real way to
by steam roller
Three 1-ton rollers pulled behind a tractor
1.5 ton steam roller
cut out the high lumps before rolling
Roll baseball field turf
in an X pattern
fill sand for the real
big low spots
tons of topdressing to spread and level the infield area