Baseball/Softball Field Drying Agents

Discussion in 'Sports Field Management' started by jmoore16135, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. jmoore16135

    jmoore16135 LawnSite Member
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    Just throwing this out there. What are some of the most interesting products you have seen used by a coach or parent as a drying agent on your fields?
    The most recent one I came across this week was sawdust. Didn't work very well. (I had to reduce the picture size to make it fit on the thread, which is why it is fuzzy.)

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  2. Atlantic Lawn

    Atlantic Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Outer Banks NC
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    At home plate I've seen Kitty Litter as well as Oil Zorb both used. Both just happened to be in the trunks of cars after a rain shower. We turned down the green colored and scented fresh step kitty litter......you gotta' draw the line somewhere.
     
  3. Trim Creations

    Trim Creations LawnSite Member
    from Ks
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    I have seen Diesel Fuel and a match.
     
  4. Field General

    Field General LawnSite Member
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    I saw a dad use five gallons of gasoline once. I tried to talk him out of it but he assured me it was going to dry out a large wet spot in the shortstop area.
    When he started dumping the gas I gave him plenty of room to work,abouts500 feet. It made the prettiest black smoke....but didn't do a thing to the wet spot.
     
  5. jmoore16135

    jmoore16135 LawnSite Member
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    Was at one of my fields Sunday morning and found this. Bark chips from the playground (which was about 300+' away) in the batter box, used to fill in a hole that had water in it.

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  6. beaglegun

    beaglegun LawnSite Member
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    Never use sawdust, mulch or any organic material to dry a field!!!!! It will break down and cause a nasty decaying mush over time!!! When it's dry it's dusty. Never use kitty litter or oil dry. It will break down and get sloppy also. Use finely ground calcined clay. We use Rapid Dry from Pro's Choise. Turface and Diamond Pro make similar products.
     
  7. Bliss

    Bliss LawnSite Member
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    Sand from a playground....on a clay field...or they just dug out the mud...smart ones..:confused:
    We use Turface Pro...great stuff but fairly costly.
     
  8. Atlantic Lawn

    Atlantic Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Outer Banks NC
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    Beaglegun, the "theme" behind this thread was the "interesting" products we had seen on fields rather than the "correct" things we have seen on fields. Pro's Choice is great stuff and works well but rather dull compared to 5gals of gasoline or Green Fresh Step scented Kitty Litter !
     
  9. beaglegun

    beaglegun LawnSite Member
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    I've seen cardboard, newspaper and diesel fuel and gas burning 2 feet tall. I've seen a helicopter used once!
     
  10. Denham Lawnboy

    Denham Lawnboy LawnSite Member
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    We use stuff called Play Ball. Its like kitty litter but unscented and works wonders.
     

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