Remove Lip Build Up When Rolling Your Baseball Field Turf
in Texas asks a questions:
I'm going to
roll my infield to help level it out. Will the roller push
the lips out or do I have to use the sod cutter to remove lip build
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.
Any ideas how remove lip build up that is not too bad?
You say you
are going to roll your field to level it. If your lips are not bad,
here's something easy you can do.
Make a simple
2-3 inch deep trench next to your grass edge before you roll the
turf. When you use the heavy roller it will flatten the lip by pushing
the high spot to the side. This is a real easy way to remove
lip build up.
Here's the sequence:
Notice how I
did not edge before doing this. The field is now rolled level
and the small trench made room to flatten the lip. So, once
the 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.
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
baseball improve their ball fields.