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Our infield mixes are installed in hundreds of fields throughout the United States. All are manufactured to meet tight standards for skinned areas on baseball and softball fields. Whether you prefer a heavy sand / clay blend for increased firmness, a lighter sand / clay blend for better drainage, or a quick-drying limestone infield skin, we have an infield dirt for your facility. Custom blends are also available!
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All soils consist of sand, silt and clay. The infield mix is the combination of these components plus any conditioners or additives. To understand how your mix works you need to understand the components.
100% sand is loose, free flowing and drains well. On its own and dry, sand will produce an unstable and unpredictable surface. However, with the right amount of water it will be firm and playable but forgiving, allowing for sliding and clean ball hops. Consider a beach where the water meets the shore. This area would make a very playable surface.
The other two components of soil, silt and clay, have opposite issues compared to sand. Drainage is poor so water puddles, creates slippery areas and causes rain-outs. Also, when clay and silt get too dry they become rock hard, often cracking, creating dangerous hops and possibly injury. These issues can be greatly compounded when clay and silt get compacted due to heavy traffic. If kept at the right moisture level, and properly groomed, clay and silt are very stable and wear resistant making them ideal for high impact areas.
All three components are necessary to attain a safe and playable field that is easy to maintain. WATER MANAGEMENT IS CRITICAL TO PROVIDING A SAFE AND PLAYABLE FIELD NO MATTER THE SOIL MIX. Knowing the makeup or composition of your infield mix will help determine a baseline from which maintenance practices can be developed. A sand, silt, clay analysis can be performed on your field in two ways:
Remove the top _ inch of infield mix. Take several samples from around the infield at a depth of _ inch and 3 inches. Mix these samples in a container to get a well-mixed sample. Use this mixed sample to do your jar test or send out for testing. If certain areas