Why you should aerate after rolling baseball turf

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Why You Should Aerate After Rolling Your Sports Turf

tractor pulling a roller over the infield 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.

Thanks for the help.

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Hello Texas Charlie,

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. If you core aerate afterwards it 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 that after you fertilize and topdress, drag the metal mesh drag along to push it into the core aerate holes as well as level out the sand and any cores still on the ground.

Check here for more info on using sand on our baseball field turf to promote drainage, healthy turf as well as level it.

If your lips are not bad, then make a simple 2-3 inch deep trench next to your grass edge before you roll the turf. The roller will flatten by pushing the high spot to the side.

And check here for more tips and hints when using a steam roller on your baseball field before you aerate so it is level and firm.

So, have a great spring season!
You're doing an awesome job!

Yours for better play more often,

J. Reiner

Jim Reiner
Publisher, Editor, & Groundskeeper
The Ultimate Baseball Field Renovation Guide


Jim Reiner Jim 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 baseball improve their ball fields. 

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