The fourth post from Brian Wilson Field in Batavia, OH.
This post will focus on infield mix construction.
Here are two photos of the infield pre-construction:
Due to the presence of stone in the infield mix, the decision was made remove the material. After removing 4 inches of existing soil a "hybrid infield" was installed. What is a "hybrid infield"? Simply stated, using a local mix and amending it with FieldSaver 50 from Natural Sand Company. The goal is to create a column of infield mix that has a similar sand/silt/clay with Dura Edge Classic. In other words, using a local mix and amending it before play takes place. This process allowed for UC Clermont to have an infield that will play well at a cost savings. Moving forward, Dura Edge Classic will be the infield mix that is added to ensure that the correct and/silt/clay percentages are maintained.
Here are a number of photos of the process:
Laser graded "local" mix:
Local mix rolled ready for the addition of FieldSaver 50:
Blending in the FieldSaver 50:
Topdressing the infield with calcined clay:
The finished product:
Ideally, all new construction would have a four inch column of Dura Edge Classic. There are times when the project budget will not allow this route. In those cases, a "hybrid infield" should be considered.
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