First, remember that the turface is expensive. It is also hard on the fields. After it does its job, it will essentially “harden” the surface of the infield. Because of this, the town has to remove the turface periodically to get back to the original infield. This is a big job and they are not happy when they have to do it.
General Rules of Thumb:
Do not ever remove the clay in the infield and put in onto the grass to dry. Because of the chemical composition of the clay, this will kill the grass. Also, don’t remove clay from the field itself, i.e. do not dump wet mounds of clay outside of the fence. This results in a net loss of infield surface and the town has to replace the clay.
Do not squeegee water from the clay infield onto the grass infield or outfield. This too will kill the grass.
Do not put turface into standing water. Standing water should be removed first (see below).
Do not use too much turface. A good rule of thumb is one bag per field. If you need more than one bag, you should probably question whether to play the game.
Removing Standing Water On Fields
The Park & Recreations Department works hard to keep our fields in great condition. They have asked us to use their method of removing standing water from the fields.
Managers, Coaches: To remove standing water please use the use a wet vac, pump, or absorbent pillows. If you use absorbant pillows, place in the puddle, allow to soak up water, then stepped on off the field to squeeze water out. This process is continued until all standing water is removed. The pillows can then be hung on a fence to dry. Once water is removed apply turface (drying agent) on the wet spots and rake. Turface is not designed to soak up standing water.
Please do not use brooms to push water off infields. "Brooming" water off the dirt infields causes problems. First, the dirt removed during the brooming deepens the hole which caused the water to puddle in the first place. Also, the mud that is swept out causes damage to the grass, creating more problem areas. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.