THIS WEEK’S FIELD TIP
With 2 or 3 different surfaces, baseball and softball fields are unique.Anywhere the infield skin or warning track come in contact with turfgrass is where “lips” can form. If this happens, it is not only bad for playability, it affects proper drainage. As a result, many problems with an infield can be traced back to poorly managed lips.
Lips you can easily manage are called “loose lips” because there is not a severe buildup and the soil has loosely accumulated. If your field has large lip buildup that is easily detected visually, it’s likely these lips are severe enough to require some degree of renovation. For manageable “loose lips” it’s best to catch them while the displaced material is still laying fresh in the turf — before rain or irrigation has glued them in place. There are many ways to remove these loose lips and several hand tools can do the trick, including a leaf rake, medium-bristled push broom, backpack blower, or a power broom. Learn all about these different methods for removing lips at the Groundskeeper University lesson Module 103. Lip Management: How to Remove Lips…
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