The baseball season is over at FirstEnergy Park, and the field is being renovated. A crew from Tuckahoe Turf Farms was here the last few days to remove the lips around the infield and re-sod some areas of the field.
Below is a description of the work from BlueClaws Head Groundskeeper Mike Morvay.
Many fans may not be aware of what we in professional baseball identify as a “Lip” that builds up on the infield and doesn’t provide a smooth transition from the dirt to the grass area. During a season, many factors contribute to lips building up causing infield dirt to get into the grass. This material is transported to the grass during periods of strong wind and even during tarp pulls. These materials continue to build up over time creating hazardous conditions for the players and an unsafe playing surface. After the season, it is important to correct this condition and have our field in top shape for the 2014 season.
The past two days, Tuckahoe Turf Farms was here to remove the lips. The first day, They began by measuring four feet around the entire infield arc, the pitcher’s mound, baselines and home plate. The next step in the process involved removing all the turf with the use of a sod cutter, then removing all the old sod. They go two inches to remove the material that built under the grass getting down to the root zones.
Once all the materials were removed, Tuckahoe brought in fresh sand to level the playing surface. Once the field was leveled, they began the process of laying 4,500 square feet of fresh Kentucky Bluegrass sod which was completed in five hours. Once this was done, the sod was rolled and watered to root for the 2014 season.
This is one of the most important processes in providing the BlueClaws with a safe playing surface and taking away bad hops.
We hope you enjoyed this inside look at field maintenance.