Supplement Feature - September 2009
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Tackling Turf

Finding the Right Turf Solution for Your Fields

By Emily Tipping

Infield Matters

According to author Grady L. Miller, baseball and softball are the only major sports played on fields that feature both turf and exposed soil. About 66 percent of the game is played on the infield "skinned areas."

That means if you're maintaining a baseball facility, you should be paying just as much attention to maintaining your infield as your grass outfield.

Just as with turf, managing your infield will depend on your climate, the amount of play on your fields and other factors.

If you're looking to learn more about taking care of your infield, check out the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) Web site. For example, on the site you can order a DVD where STMA Board Members Larry DiVito (a well-known and respected head groundskeeper for Major League Baseball) and Jody Gill, CSFM, grounds coordinator for a school district, take you on a tour of the infield, offering advice and management tips.

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