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After spending an entire week at trying to conduct perfect baseball field maintenance in my first professional job, I remember being completely crestfallen when on the day of the big game, it rained cats and dogs. This discussion will focus on the techniques I have learned since that first disappointing rainout, which you can use as a groundskeeper to maintain your baseball field in a safe and very playable condition. Some of these tips involve the proper usage of baseball field maintenance equipment, and some are centered more on-field preparation techniques, but all of them will help you to keep the playing field prepared for that next big game.
Maintaining a baseball field effectively over a long period of time depends a lot on keeping detailed records of all the maintenance carried out on it. While it’s important to identify the tasks you’ve performed on the playing field, you also have to maintain an equipment log for all the equipment used in field preparation. You should jot down those days when you have used baseball field maintenance vehicles, and any other specialized tools like infield drag equipment, so you’ll know exactly how your field has been prepared. If you’ve used any fertilizer or pesticide applications they should also be noted.
By regularly dragging your skinned infield, you should be able to keep it in consistently safe playing shape. There are many different kinds of drags you can use as part of your infield drag equipment, and you should be aware of when to use each one. The Triple Play 60 Infield Groomer from TurfTime Equipment is a great choice, and will keep your playing field looking like a professionally manicured baseball field. Whichever equipment you decide on, keep it in good running order, and ready to spring into action whenever it’s needed. Here are some other helpful tips to improve your baseball field maintenance and upkeep:
Rainouts like I experienced on my very first day as groundskeeper for our town baseball field will happen all the time, but if you keep your baseball field prepared beforehand, and inspect for any damage immediately afterward, your playing surface should always be ready to go. Make sure your infield drag equipment is always ready for action, and if you don’t have a good baseball infield grooming machine, you should contact us at Turftime Equipment to find the perfect machine for your field.
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