Luke Yoder, the San Diego Padres’ head groundskeeper tackles a field maintenance question from Don Byrd of OALL Oceanside, CA:
DB: Our league owns only one mower. We mow a total of four infields and four outfields.
LY: It is ”OK” to mow the entire field with one machine. We (San Diego Padres’) have a smaller walk behind reel mower for our infield. We use a
for our outfield.
DB: If we were to mow both out and infields with the same mower, how long might the machine last? And, what kind of maintenance would be needed for the mower?
LY: Follow the owner’s manual for recommended maintenance. Take note of the time to change your oil, air filter, oil filter, fuel filter, grease, etc. Most importantly, remember to properly adjust the reel to bed knife. Check this part everyday to ensure it is cutting paper and if not, make an adjustment. At least twice a year, plan on sending the mower in for grinding to sharpen the blade for a good cut.
DB: Should we mow the outfield and infield at the same height? We mow the infield at 3/8″ of inch.
LY: We mow our overseeded Bermuda based field at 5/8″, but 3/8″ is fine if it is a strong Bermuda field with a nice smooth grade.
Mowing tip number five is today’s field maintenance tip of the day!
TIP 5: Mowing the field when wet is not recommended and should be avoided whenever possible.
Check back tomorrow for the four traditional patterns to mow a baseball field.
The mowing tip for today’s field maintenance tip of the day is the fourth mowing tip of the week!
TIP 4: If the mower makes turns on the skinned areas and warning track, remove any clippings on those areas.
More tips next week and look forward to the four traditional patterns to mow a baseball field!
Today’s field maintenance tip is the third mowing tip for the week!
Tip 3: Always use sharp blades and/or adjust reels prior to every mowing.
More mowing tips tomorrow!
Today’s field maintence tip is mowing tip number two!
TIP 2: Remember to check oils and lubricate the equipment prior to mowing. Proper equipment maintenance is critical.
More on mowing tomorrow!
Today’s field maintenance tip is about mowing! Starting this afternoon there will be one tip on mowing each day this week!
Tip 1: It is important to train employees on equipment to reduce the potential for damage and ensure safety.
Check back tomorrow for another mowing tip!
Today’s grant vocabulary word is grant report.
Grant (or Interim, Status) Reports: Documents prepared by the grant recipient to provide to the donor the status and results of a project or program.
Submission of reports can be required monthly, quarterly, annually, bi-annually, etc. Information in the report may include, but is not limited to, financial statements, invoices, significant changes or events that have occurred, etc.
Types of Mowers
There are two types of mowers available to cut the field: 1) rotary, and 2) reel mowers.
ROTARY: The most common type of mower is a rotary mower. Rotary mowers
are used primarily on residential lawns.
REEL: Reel mowers are more specialized and are used on higher maintenance
facilitates like golf courses and athletic fields. These mowers require additional
training to operate properly. Reel mowers are used to provide better quality
cutting and allows very low cutting heights. These mowers also have striping
capabilities, as shown in the following photos.
Today’s grant vocabulary word is funding cycle.
Funding Cycle: The time structure/pattern of activities involved in the process of awarding a grant, such as the proposal review, decision-making and applicant notification.
Grant-making organizations award grants at set intervals (i.e. annually, quarterly, etc.) or as requests are received.