This past week, the J&D Turf team spent the week in South Bend, IN. The task was to renovate the baseball infield at Frank Eck Stadium, add Dura Edge Pro to the infield and baselines and renovate the mound and plate. Look for a post of the renovation work at the stadium later this week. I wanted to also share a couple of photos on leveling the baselines. This leveling process will work on any baseball surface. Keep in mind, if leveling with a board, address all "lips" before grading.
With that said, here is the process that took place at Notre Dame.
First, edge the sod to create clean edges. (at this stage you would want to address any "lips" as well). Then, add infield mix to the baselines and using a 2x4 screed board level the next material.
Next, till the new material into the existing material. Ideally, the tilling depth is 3-4 inches. In this example, Dura Edge Pro was added/tilled to existing Dura Edge Pro baselines.
Then, re-screed the tilled material.
Using a 3 ton dual drum roller, roll the baselines.
Finally, add conditioner and drag.
This entire project for both baselines took approx. 3 hours.
Now the baselines are level and create smooth transitions between the turf and the infield mix.
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