THIS WEEK’S FIELD TIP
A Refresher on Infield Skin Topdressing — Topdressing is a thin layer of material designed to stay loose and resist compaction. The layer should be between ¼” to ½” in depth. Any deeper and it will negatively affect ball bounce and player traction. The topdressing layer has many benefits to the infield. Most importantly, it assists in moisture management and provides resiliency on the surface of the skin. It allows you to re-enter infields sooner after a rain and gives you the capability to add more water to the infield skin without making a muddy mess, provided you are working with a proper base soil for your infield.
An infield skin topdressing works much like mulch in a garden — it shades the base soil from direct sunlight, which helps to slow the evaporation process from drying out the base soil. The base soil is where you want your moisture on your infield to reside in order to provide resiliency to the infield surface. The composition of your topdressing will also help this process as well. Different topdressings do different things. Some absorb a lot of water, others absorb little, if any at all…. Read the rest of Paul Zwaska’s “refresher” at Ballfields.com: A Refresher on Infield Skin Topdressing
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