At #10 - FieldSaver 90 Installation in Sarasota, Florida.
Last week, the SmartTurf team was in Florida. The task, to assist in the installation of FieldSaver 90 at a Sarasota County Softball Complex. Why? Simply stated, the infield mix in Florida typically is orange in color and has an overall sand content of 80-85% with a silt content of around 1% and a clay content of 15-19%. Bottom line, there is not enough silt in the mix to hold together. Hence the infield break apart and the high sand content blow to the edges creating "lips."
Adding FieldSaver 90, or a similar product will drive the sand content down to a typical recreational range while assisting to raise the SCR (Silt to Clay Ratio)
Here were the steps:
Topdressing the FieldSaver 90 Amendment
Tilling in the FieldSaver 90 Amendment
Rolling the Infield
After Initial Laser Grading
Final Cross Section of the Infield Mix Profile - You Can Amend an Infield
In conclusion, an infield can be amended, but you need to know 2 things:
1. What does you existing material consist of - pull a sample and send to an independent soils lab
2. Blend an amendment into the profile at a 3-4 inch depth that will "balance" an infield - in this case a 90% silt/clay product.
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