Sanding your baseball infield turf with sand

Sand & sanding for your Baseball Field
 
Your secret ingredient to turf that is level, drains well,
and promotes healthy turf is sand
 

 
Choices and Decisions

Sand should be part of the topdressing used to topdress your field after aerating and before overseeding. However, this section on sand is for a different use of sand.

Sanding the baseball field turf, especially the infield, is a good practice. It helps level the infield turf, helps it drain, and keeps it healthy.

What you are going to do is similar to the sanding practice at a golf course. How would you like an infield as smooth as a golf course? It's possible.

 

Sources and Suppliers

Suppliers I've used and am satisfied with:

topdressing quality sand - Granite Construction
reclaimed sand - Livingston Concrete

Types of sand:

topdressing sand: ask for G8 topdressing sand (golf course quality for sanding your infield turf)

filling in holes around the fence areas or general fill needs: reclaimed sand from a cement plant. They wash out the cement trucks and often give away 10 tons of the stuff. It has small pebbles. Definitely not something for topdressing turf, but great stuff for filling in holes or getting rid of puddles outside the playing field.



Tips & Hints to Sand Your Infield

  1. Sand after rolling the infield turf, not before.

  2. Sand after mowing the turf, not before.

  3. You don't need to aerate before sanding.

  4. Put sand on so it is about 1/4 inch thick. You should see 75%-85% of the grass sticking up after sanding. Spread it with the back of a field rake or with a hand drag.

  5. Water the turf after applying sand. You can immediately play on it. No need to wait.

  6. After the first sand application has gone away and can no longer be seen, then you can do a 2nd sanding if needed.

  7. You need about 8 yards of sand to cover a high school size infield.

  8. Dry or barely moist sand spreads better and is easier to work with than damp or wet sand.

  9. You can do this on the outfield as well, but it is generally done on the infield.


Mistakes to avoid

  1. Do not put this kind of sand on the infield skin.

 

roll turf before sanding
roll the infield turf, then
apply and spread the
topdressing sand




dry and wet sand compared
dry sand on the left is
preferred rather than
wet, clumpy sand as
on the right




reclaimed sand
reclaimed sand can be used to fill in puddle
areas outside the playing field





use tractor to move lots of sand
sand is heavy; if you move much very far, use heavy equipment to get the job done

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