Using water to blast dirt from the lip build up

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How To Remove Lip Build Up Using Water

using water to remove lip build up

Art in Florida asks:

Our high school field is in good shape with the exception of some minor lip build up on the turf edge of the infield.

Can I use a power washer to blast this out? Anything else I should know to make this work for me?  I want to remove lip build up without wrecking my grass.


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Hi Art,

Yes, using water is a good way to blast out minor lip build up at the grass edge.

You mention a power washer. If this is the kind of thing I'm thinking about - air compressor and hose sprayer used to wash a house off before painting - then this is probably too much pressure.

It will not only clean off the dirt build up, but it will damage or disintegrate your grass at the edge. This is something to be careful with even when using a hose with normal field water pressure - the roots can only take so much with this.

Hose blasting is a good way to remove lip build up - maybe a fourth to half inch at a time. More than that and you stress the grass. So, you can do this once a week for three weeks and get it down. And to help the roots at the edge you can also put down some starter fertilizer along the edge to help them recover. I use 6-20-20.

If your lip build up is more substantial, instead of using water to blast the dirt out, you need to consider other measures to remove lip build up including cutting the lip out and/or using a heavy roller to flatten it.


Here's how I use water to remove lip build up:

hose for watering the baseball field


hand spraying with a hose


spraying water on grass edge


hose blasting lip build up

after hosing out lip build up

Have a great spring season!

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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