Mowers for your baseball field
a Mower on your Baseball Field
show off your good turf
Walk-behind or riding models:
- Riding for the outfield for sure. It's so big.
- Walk-behind is ideal for the infield so you get a feel for your infield
- bumps, lumps, low spots, etc. But riding mowers get the job done too.
Rotary or Reel:
- Rotary is most common. Easy to find. Cheaper.
- Reel mowers can give a better cut, a lower cut, and leave the nice
stripes you sometimes see on baseball fields. These are higher maintenance
and cost more.
Push or self-propelled walk-behind:
- Even a small field is a lot to do with a push mower. But maybe your
players could use the character building from doing this.
- Self propelled mowers give more consistency with the cut and rate
of cutting. This all gives you healthier turf and a nicer looking field.
I've used and am satisfied with: Home Depot. Not much to say here about
sources except use the best you can afford.
Tips & Hints
- If you rent a mower,
get the grass catcher too. You might just need it. Better safe than
sorry and have to rake the whole field.
- Reel mowers are
best for the first few mowings after over- seeding. They cut without
sucking up the seedlings like a rotary version will.
Mistakes to avoid
- A dinky little
20 inch home lawn mower will take way to long on a large field. If your
grass is long and you use the catcher it will fill up after every pass
of the field. Do you want to spend 2 hours mowing your infield? I don't,
but I did this once too many times.
- Don't mow without
a catcher and blow the grass all over the infield dirt area. It's messy
and does not blend well into your dirt.
Rec type 'small'
rotary riding mower
self-propelled, reel mower
little too long - cut it down with a riding mower and then baby it later
with walk-behind mowers