Lawn Like a Pro Baseball Field | At Home With P. Allen Smith

You ever dream of having a lawn like a baseball
diamond? So here I am, Busch Stadium. The Card’s are just about to play the opposing
team here, well, the Braves. They’re right in the midst of their BP. But what I thought
we talk about, rather than the game, is this gorgeous turf, the playing surface. Just look
at this, it’s manicured to the nth degree. What’s gorgeous about it is it’s all so
uniform. I think we all love a lawn that looks just like this. So how can you achieve it
at home? Well, it’s not that difficult, but it does require some work. For instance,
this lawn is all one kind of grass. So, it is Kentucky Fescue, but there are 3 or 4 different
varieties of Kentucky blue grass blended into this mix, so they have this beautiful lush
carpet to play on. The other thing you need to keep in mind is that this grass in the
summer can really suffer from heat and humidity. No matter what kind of grass you have, in
the summer, you want that grass blade to grow a little longer in the summer than it does
in the winter. Because just a little bit more length on the blade actually shades the roots
and will get that grass through the hottest part of the day. The other thing that you
want to do, and this is what they do here, is they water this lawn very early in the
morning. I’m talking like 4:30 to 5:30. You don’t want to come in from work and
water your lawn and let it sit in moisture all night long, because that creates the perfect
environment for fungus. Now, another thing you need to keep mind, which is related to
moisture, is drainage. You want to make sure that your lawn drains really well. I mean,
this turf is actually on a blend of peat moss and other amendments. But the largest element
underneath this grass is actually sand, so it drains really well. So again, we’re not
having patches that are sitting in two much water. The roots aren’t sitting in water,
and not becoming vulnerable to fungi. Let’s talk about mowing for just a moment. Look
at these gorgeous stripes. There’s no real special mower that they have here, they just
have a roller that follows the mower. So if you look across the playing field here, you
see the dark and the light stripes. Well, the dark stripes are actually looking into
the blades, and the lighter stripes, the blades were rolled down that direction. And when
they mow it, this roller comes in behind them to give that effect. You also want to make
sure you get the thatch, the debris that falls in between the blades of the grass, out at
least once a year. It gives those roots an opportunity to breathe. So, hey, if you’re
crazy about your lawn and you want it to look like this, I hope these tips will be helpful
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6 thoughts on “Lawn Like a Pro Baseball Field | At Home With P. Allen Smith

  1. This is interesting, but what's funny about this is that he's serious. Yes, I will be waking up to mow my lawn at 4:30 in the morning, clearing out all the chopped off blades, making sure that I have JUST the right mix of grasses, but not before I uproot everything to put sand in under the lawn.

  2. It does use a "special" mower. They use cylinder reel mowers that costs thousands of dollars. Not to mention, most professional sports fields are mowed every single day.

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