You Should Aerate After Rolling Your Sports Turf
Texas Charlie writes:
I did an awesome job on my field last year. I used your info to
support all of the things I did on the field. The rest of the league
was very impressed and I have been given free reins to do anything
I want this year and they trust me.
But have a question:
I read that you said roll before aerating, why? Don't you want
the roller the last thing on the fields to really have the smoothness.
Will the roller push the lips out or do I have to use the sod cutter.
My lips are not bad this year. I cut them out last year. Do you
shave the lips with the sod cutter? My sod cutter really sucks and
is hard to control.
Thanks for the help
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Hello Texas Charlie,
Regarding your plan. It will work. There are 'rules of thumb',
but you know a fellow told me that the abbreviation is ROT. So,
not all rules of thumb need to followed to a T.
Rolling compacts the soil as it flattens. Core aerating afterwards
helps the turf get some air and moisture pathways. Sanding before
rolling can be like using sandpaper on the turf. It might hurt.
Something to consider adding to the plan is after you fertilize
and topdress, drag the metal mesh drag along to push it into the
core holes as well as level out the sand and any cores still on
The sod cutter really is a great device when first fixing major
lips or cutting back grass that is far past its place. But once
you've done that, you may not need to use the sod cutter again.
It can actually cause more problems. So, once a field is flat and
the edge just needs a trim, I use a three wheel gas powered lawn
edger. Works like a champ. That's what many pro teams use.
Here's a fun photo story about edging a field:
So, have a great spring season!
You're doing an awesome job!
Yours for better play more often,
Publisher, Editor, & Groundskeeper The Ultimate
Baseball Field Renovation Guide
Reiner was a groundskeeper with the Texas Rangers AAA team and has
been involved with baseball his entire adult life. He devotes
his efforts to training coaches, players, and parents of all levels
of youth baseball and softball to use their existing field and turn
it into a safe, high performance field. Jim's website has been online
since 2006 helping hundreds of thousands from little league to pro
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