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BEACON Ballfields Exclusive Weekly Tips ! ( June’17 ) !

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June 19, 2017       |       BeaconAthletics.com        |       Ballfields.com

THIS WEEK’S FIELD TIP

For traditional grass infields, there are really two dragging patterns to consider. The Parallel Drag Pattern is basically following a path parallel to the turf edges of the infield skin, working your way inward. Watch your speed while cornering, slower is better. If you go too fast you’ll toss excess material toward the outer edge of the drag which will pile up in those areas. The Overlapping Circles Pattern is used in conjunction with the parallel pattern to cross drag the infield for a smoother surface. When dragging in overlapping circles it is very important to go slow. If you go too fast it can cause a “bowling out” of the center of your infield.

Totally skinned infields can be harder to maintain surface grade than their grass infield counterparts. All of that exposed soil is more susceptible to wind and rain erosion. Proper dragging protocol — including dragging patterns — will minimize soil migration and preserve surface grade. Learn all about the proper dragging at the Groundskeeper University lesson Module 104. Infield Skin Game Day Prep: Dragging Patterns

Visit Ballfields.com frequently for tips & articles andGroundskeeperU.com for online training.

Schutt Four-Sided Pitching Rubber — 10% OFF

IN STOCK: Ships within 24 hours! Heavy-duty rubber construction brings excellent durability and reduced maintenance of the pitcher’s mound. PVC tube insert. Exclusive Schutt Four-Sided Pitching Rubber, use 4side10 during checkout (offer valid thru June 25).

6×4 Cocoa Mat Drag — 10% OFF

IN STOCK: Ships within 24 hours! The finishing drag that virtually floats across your infield. Natural fiber cocoa provides a highly professional finish. Choose from the Cocoa Mat only, or with the optional leveling bar. Exclusive Cocoa Mat Drag, use cmd10 during checkout (offer valid thru June 25).

DISCONTINUED ITEM OF THE WEEK

DISCONTINUED Item — Softball Batter’s Box Liner — SAVE $150   Discontinued, that’s all. Save on this batter’s box liner which is 3×7 for softball. Brand-new condition. Batter’s Box Liner

ONLINE TRAINING for Staff & Volunteers

COMPLETELY FREE & MOBILE FRIENDLY. We’ve relaunched the web’s premier online field maintenance training tool, Groundskeeper University. Our goal is to bring professional training directly to you and your staff. But that means it has to be done right. Learn the tried & true practices of the pros. Our dedicated online resources by groundskeepers for groundskeepers are available in whichever format works for you: blog articles, online field dimensions, innovative products and training at Groundskeeper U. Whatever you need for your ballfield, think Beacon. 

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