Mowing

  • The hotter the weather, the higher you should mow.
    • April and May cutting height should be 1.5-3 inches
    • June, July and August cutting height should be 3 inches.
    • September and October cutting height should be 1.5-2 inches.
    • A heavier used field should be cut at the high end of the range in order to reduce wear and tear on the turf.
  • Be sure that no more than 1/3 of the total grass blade is removed in any one mowing.
  • Use the highest possible blade speed.
  • Avoid mowing when the soil is saturated; the mower wheels will produce ruts that can cause problems with footing and ball response.
  • Closer-cut fields need more water, more fertilization and more weed and disease control.
  • Keep mower blades sharp.
    • A dull blade pulls and shreds the grass which leads to turf vulnerability and disease.
    • Mowing with a dull blade results in a visible white sheen on the new-mown turf.
    • Consider having two or three sets of blades available and sharpened at all times.
  • Aerate at least every two years.

Maintaining Grass/Dirt Edges
Option 1: Use a power edger (straight or curved lines)
Option 2: With a string line in place (for straight lines), use the scuffle hoe

scuffle hoe

 

 

 

 

 

 

Removing Rocks From Dirt Playing Area
Option 1: Use the sifter shovel

sifter shovel


Option 2: Use a Sand Comb

sand comb



Removing Infield Dirt/Material from Adjacent Grass Areas

Option 1: Use a leaf rake and rake the material from the grass area back onto the playing surface.

leaf rake


Option 2: Use a leaf blower and blow material from the grass area back onto the playing surface.


Repairing the Mound (Landing Spot)

Step 1: Clear away and save surface material
Step 2: Fill in hole with solid/clay dirt
Step 3: Use tamper to compress solid/clay dirt
Step 4: Return surface material to original surface area


Grooming Special Areas - Cocoa Mop

Used for finishing areas like the pitcher's mound. The mop's flexibility allows it to conform to the curvature of the mound better than a rake. The mop is also small enough to work in tighter spaces, such as the baselines, cutouts, and along the infield turf edges.

cocoa mop