The first of a number of posts from a project that is taking place in Lafayette on the youth diamonds off of Union and Creasy. The first group of photos looks at mound cutouts. On youth diamonds, keeping a true circle is almost impossible. If the goal is to keep a circle, sod is the best option as trying to have this area recover with seed in the offseason is difficult at best. If the decision is to seed, use 100% ryegrass at a seed rate of 20 lbs per 1000 sq ft. Why such a high rate? The traffic. Traffic will wear new seedlings at an alarming rate. Also, seed before you start to see wear. If you wait until you see wear, you might as well sod. Keep a seed bank in the soil!
Here are the photos of the edging of the mound in Lafayette. The process: Straighten the edges out and create a teardrop wear the kids walk off the mound.
Stay tuned for more updates on this project.
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