Sunday, April 13, 2014

Repairing Mound and Plate Areas - Cleaning All Conditioner Prior to Repairing

Regular repairing of mound and plate areas take time and attention to detail to maintain high quality surfaces.

After raking the area, the next step is to remove all the loose material and the topdressing.

Below are a couple photos I took this past week in Columbus, OH at Huntington Park.



Note: The areas are extremely firm and all the loose material has been removed.  Next step, water and add new clay.

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Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Should I Apply a Pre-Emergent Product to My Athletic Field?

The short answer is typically yes.  With that in mind, take inventory of the condition of your playing surfaces before making blanket applications.  For example, please see the photo below.  Should pre-emergent products be applied to this surface?


The short answer is NO!  This field needs to be overseeded this spring to achieve 100% cover for the fall football season.  A late spring application of a liquid pre-emergent could be applied after the seed has germinated and acceptable cover is achieved.

Click HERE to see information on when to apply pre-emergent
Click HERE to learn more about pre-emergent products from the Purdue University Turfgrass Department.

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Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer

Monday, April 7, 2014

Tall Fescue for Athletic Fields?







The photos above are from a baseball infield that was sodded with tall fescue a couple of years ago.  The complaint, the turf is too bumpy, and our guys are scared to field a ground ball.  Why is this?  Click HERE to see a link from Purdue that explains why Turf Type Tall Fescue is not typically a good choice for athletic fields in Indiana.

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Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Infield Drainage for Baseball and Softball Fields Along the Back Arc


Infield drainage is typically a topic for discussion anytime I give a presentation on infield mixes, grades, etc.  So, when the J&D Turf team was tasked to remedy an infield drainage issue at University of Indianapolis, Tom Mahaney and Steve Berg chronicled their work with photos.

Before we get to the photos,  lets lay out a couple of items in regards to infield drainage:


  1. Do NOT install drain tiles under the infield mix.  The infield mix should be engineered and maintained to eliminate downward movement (percolation) of water.  All water during rain events should run off the infield.
  2. Due to item #1, positive surface drainage must be achieved on ALL infields.  For baseball and softball, surface drainage should be between .5% and 1%.  Keep in mind, if a softball field does not have sod in front of dugouts, surface drainage should be NO MORE than .5%.  Does your infield conditioner run off your infield?  Chances are, the infield has surface drainage exceeding the limits listed above.
  3. Purchase and manage a good infield mix.  Be careful when purchasing infield mix!  To learn more about infield mixes, click HERE and HERE.
So, lets explain what the existing conditioners were at Baumgartner Field at University of Indianapolis:

  1. Native soil.
  2. Due to existing topography, the grade falls from the RF foul pole to the 3rd base dugout.
  3. Bluegrass/Ryegrass surface
  4. Infield Mix - Dura Edge Classic 
  5. Conditioner - Diamond Pro Professional Calcined Clay
  6. Mound Clay - Dura Pitch Mound Clay 
  7. During rain events, water would run from RF under the tarp and become trapped.
The solution:

Install a six inch wide trench:




Next, installation of a 4 inch perforated drain tile and 6 inches of USGA drainage gravel.





Then, installation of 6 inches of USGA rootzone sand all the way to the surface.  Then the existing sod was re-installed.  DO NOT seal off drain tiles by placing native soil over drainage gravel.





Finally, an edger was used to run across the trench/slit and expose 3 inches of the sand.  The bluegrass will grow into the sand.



The location of the drain tile while the tarp is on the field.


Lastly, the field ready for play the day after installation.


Mission accomplished!

Best of luck to the Lady Greyhounds as they begin the road to the D-II College World Series.

Click HERE to learn more about Dura Edge Classic and Dura Pitch Mound Clay.
Click HERE to learn more about Diamond Pro Professional Calcined Clay.

Click HERE to learn more about UIndy softball

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Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Platinum TE Paspalum at Marlins Park

The SmartTurf blog visited Marlins Park last year.  At that time only the infield and the foul areas consisted of paspalum.  The outfield was 419 bermudagrass.  In February of this year, the outfield was converted to paspalum.



HERE is an article about the conversion from Joelle Harms in Athletic Turf Magazine.

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Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Should I Be Applying Crabgrass Prevention Products Now?

That is a question I have be receiving recently.  The Growing Degree Day Tracker  brought to you by the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation and Purdue Turfgrass is a great way to assist you decision making on crabgrass control applications and many other applications of time sensitive products.



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Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer

Monday, March 24, 2014

Early Season Crabgrass Control?

This winter has been challenging on many levels for turf managers.  Crabgrass pre-emergent application season is quickly approaching.  Will you be applying pre-emergent products this spring?  If so, HERE is a great article involving timing of those applications from Dr Zac Reicher with the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.



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Play on!
--Jamie
@JamieMehringer