Where to get advice for baseball field maintenance

Need some good advice for baseball field maintenance?

Choices and Decisions

Good: Grounds keeper for a pro team - they have experience and contacts and lots of ideas, but are geared towards a more high cost, high labor maintenance program. Only a pro team can afford this.

Excellent: Pro baseball field suppliers - they know the products, equipment and needs for a quality sports field. Great source for expert opinions..

OK - Good: Private landscapers and landscape suppliers - they know about your climate and grass and fertilizer. They might not know anything about a sports field though.

OK: Neighbors with great looking yards - they do something regularly with watering, fertilizing, and mowing.

Mixed: the Internet - Lots of sources, but do they know what they are talking about? Can they prove it? Are they credible? Does their experience and suggestion match your needs and budget?

OK - Good: park districts and other baseball coaches - this is a real mixed bag of folks that may or may not know what they are talking about. Sometimes the coaches are not involved in field care much. Others handle it. Some high school and college coaches are very knowledgeable. Ask the guy who sticks around after a game or practice and putters around on the field. This might be someone who cares and is knowledgeable. He might have tips and hints.


Sources and Suppliers of good advice

Sources I've used and am very satisfied with: Sierra Pacific Turf Supply and Horizon. I've found that they understand what competitive baseball fields need. They also supply many pro teams with product and advisors.

Or you can contact me for some advice as well.  Fill out the form and enter your question.

Tips & Hints

  1. Value their time. Prepare your list of questions ahead of time to be as efficient as possible.

  2. Schedule a tour. Take pictures. Take notes.

  3. If they help you out, come later and show them pictures of what you did with their product or with their advice and help.

Mistakes to avoid

The biggest mistake is to not ask for help. You need to seek out the right people and you'll find a few who are more than willing to share what they know. Then share what you learn with others... just like me!


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