104 Photos - Oct 31, 2012
Photo: Stripping off the old sod. It was an uneven grade w/ about 4-5 different types of grass and weeds.Photo: Adding amendments to be mixed into rootzone.Photo: Setting up strings to measure out new infield.Photo: Digging out infield material anywhere grass will go.Photo: Ron w/ Laser Turf Supply is pretty precise when it comes to establishing a new edge.Photo: Also using this skip loader to dig out old infield mix along the basepath.Photo: Another shot of the skip loader taking out the infield material along the new edge.Photo: Some has to be done by hand and it is nice to have a couple of cheerful workers! Lori working along side Coach Kirk McCaskill.Photo: Checking in w/ RonPhoto: Getting ready to re-build the mound. Scrape conditioner off 1st, wet and let soak 2nd, scar up surface, and then bring in pre-moistened freshly screened clay.Photo: T. Pat bringing in some Pro Gold mound clay.Photo: ShapingPhoto: Adding another liftPhoto: Moving around clay and shaping moundPhoto: Lori tamping on another lift that I smoothed out.Photo: Me talking to T. Pat and 2 former big leaguers in the background. Coach Kirk McCaskill and Bret BoonePhoto: Ron working in the amendments w/ the Harley RakePhoto: Starting to laser grade the root-zone behind the Harley RakePhoto: Using the Harley Rake to take down a lip in foul territory. Will look bad at first, but Bermuda will grow back and we will overseed.Photo: After Ron finished laser infield root-zone I am watering to make sure all gets set inPhoto: Kirk doing a finish drag prior to sodding.Photo: Going over w/ a fine tooth comb and checking for low spotsPhoto: String tells it all!Photo: We marked low areas and filled them in.Photo: 1 last finish drag. Only 1 chance to get the grade right and I am picky about this process.Photo: I marked the edge of the mound by finding the radius and using a tape measure and string.Photo: Digging out the edge of the mound prior to sodding.Photo: I felt that several heads needed to be moved just a bit.Photo: Moving a head. Better now than later.Photo: Pre-Sod fert 9-9-9 w/ microsPhoto: West Coast Turf arrives! 328 Hybrid BermudaPhoto: I go ahead and fine tune where neededPhoto: Going in nice so far.Photo: Down the edge is important to get right.Photo: Checking the string and making sure it is right on before moving forward.Photo: In the end I will tear out any pieces that are questionable and have them lay a better piece of sod.Photo: We replaced this piece down the line.Photo: Still going back and fixing areas that need to be raised or lowered before the sod roots.Photo: We did this to several areas.Photo: Getting it put back right!Photo: Edges / Corners are most important and this one needed lowering.Photo: Take it out.Photo: Put it back.Photo: All good!Photo: Too bad we still have to deal w/ a water issue. Does not always go the way you want it and regardless of it maybe not being part of the plan and whose problem it is I need to make it right.Photo: Lori got to be pretty good w/ the rake.Photo: She got this spot on!Photo: Packing and grading, packing and grading.Photo: Now time to tie in the mound edges w/ the new sod.Photo: Lots of hard scraping on the edge. Gotta get moisture right and a sharp rake and then some hard core elbow grease.Photo: I set the edge up w/ good clay and Lori tamping it in.Photo: The clay we scraped up and did not use on the edge is good and we want to save it.Photo: Taking a look at the mound from ground level helps me see where I need to add.Photo: Looking at the front and back to see.Photo: Right moisture, scar the surface, and then add the clay.Photo: Moving it around where needed. Doing the sides and back now. Front slope is done.Photo: Using a level board and letting the tool do the work of where the clay goes.Photo: This is a great tool for getting the slope right on the sides and back.Photo: Lori was a real trooper. Once again, helping me tamp.Photo: Gail Materials top-dressing sand is here.Photo: Don't dump till we inspect and make sure it is the right stuff!Photo: Going over w/ the team the plan of attack for top-dressing.Photo: Loading up the Top-Dresser and hoping it works!Photo: This old thing is hit and miss.Photo: Too bad it is a no go.Photo: OK boys here we go.Photo: Time to sling the sand by hand.Photo: Using level-lawns to spread sand even and fill in seams.Photo: We top-dressed heavy to really smooth out and fine tune grade.Photo: After level-lawn we use brooms to work the sand in.Photo: Now time to hand water in the sand.Photo: Gail Materials Pro Gold Infield Mix is delivered.Photo: Raising home plate.Photo: At this point good to start w/ a new dish.Photo: Adding material to homeplate areas to raise up to meet new grade.Photo: Working in new material.Photo: Infield was wet down last night and now worked up w/ the skip loader.Photo: Trying to keep wet so it packs in better.Photo: Ron starting to laser grade.Photo: Almost finished laser grading skin.Photo: We do base paths the old fashioned way by running a 2X4 all the way down. This will get it almost perfect.Photo: Home plate area is all graded out as well as basepaths. I did home plate mostly by hand w/ level board.Photo: Rolling home plate area and basepaths now.Photo: Adding a 2nd lift of top-dressing sand to really get a smooth finish on it and fill in seams.Photo: Rolling new sod 1 time.Photo: After infield material all set time to soak it down, basepaths, home plate, infield skinPhoto: A week later and things have really come along.Photo: Helping find base anchorsPhoto: We ran a tape measure and used a probe to locate.Photo: Showing T. Pat how to really fine tune by hand after a project like this.Photo: Moving around material that is proper moisture.Photo: Tamping into place to get a smooth edge.Photo: Checking the mower for good quaility of cut.Photo: 1st test cut @ 3/4"Photo: Checking for roots.Photo: I like what I see. We had some nice warm weather for establishing Bermuda grass.Photo: The turf in foul territory is growing in already and only been 2 week.Photo: Heavy dew on this morning.Photo: Back again to help them fine tune and show them how to work skinPhoto: Working all cutouts by hand to meet my expectations.Photo: Using a level board to smooth out before rolling. Before we added this material we added water and worked it up so it would accept this material w/out interfacing. Everything we added we scraped off from high area so we killed 2 birds w/ 1 stone.Photo: Teaching how to work / renovate the 1st base cut out.Photo: Using the gator to tire roll.Photo: Back again to check roots. This was a great project. Thanks to all of the folks at TPHS for helping me along the way.