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Baseball Fields - Sportsgrass
Turfgrass use for Baseball has reached new
heights with the release of newer seeded grass varieties.
The number one thing to check on with a Baseball field is the
drainage. Most fields have poor drainage caused by
incorrectly installed or non-working drainage tiles AND/OR a
poorly designed flow to allow for correct drainage. These
aspects must be corrected in order to allow for turfgrasses to
WARM SEASON AREAS
Bermudagrass is the DOMINATE choice for Baseball due to Bermuda's
excellent turf quality and the ability to be mowed low for faster
Athletic usage speeds... Both improved seeded and hybrid varieties
TRANSITIONAL & COOL SEASON
A mix of 50% Kentucky Bluegrass and 50% Perennial Ryegrass is
the DOMINATE & BEST choice.
Its aggressive growth and recuperative abilities (rhizomes) make
it the # 1 choice - The main reason for Bluegrass & Ryegrass is the
need for a grass that can be maintained at 1 inch height.
Bluegrass is also considered a safer playing surface because of
the cushioning effects of its thatch layer. Bluegrass is
though slow to fully establish, taking generally 1 year to
mature. You can generally seed in spring with use beginning in
the fall. Perennial Ryegrass is included in the mixtures
of Bluegrass for field use. Maintenance is usually around 1-2
inches with 2 inches preferable. It does have one big benefit
and that is that the rhizomes repair damaged turf over time without
In the mid and lower transitional zone areas, Tall
Fescues and Bermudas are both used because of drought / heat
problems with using KBG and Ryegrasses. There really is NOT a
perfect choice for this area. Tall Fescue requires a 2" height
for adequate maintenance and also is a bunch type requiring high
rates of re-seeding to avoid and repair any damaged areas - This
makes using Tall Fescue a difficult choice as a dwarf variety must
be used and even then they are stressed at 1" heights.
Bermudagrasses are also used for baseball in the
transition areas. Bermudas are impacted by their off color
during winter dormancy and the higher risk of plant loss due to
winter kill from low temperatures. Bermudagrass fields must
also be overseeded each fall with Ryegrasses (during a break in
schedule) to avoid playing on dormant / brown fields in the fall.
Additional re-seeding of ryegrass as the season progresses is
Helping make sports fun - All with sports turf seeds from
Seedland... You will find our seeds are quality produced and tested to provide the best
playing surface possible for your particular sport.
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