General Groundskeeping Terms
This is a very brief list of groundskeeping terms that may be helpful to the general public. Add to it if you would like!
Batting Cage – A frame covered with netting that is used for batting practice on the field.
Batting Tunnell – A frame or cabled system covered with netting that is used for batting practice off the field.
Batters box frame – Tool used for measuring the batters box to line it
Infield Trapazoid- A windscreen type material used to protect the infield grass during bating practice
Tamp ? tool with handle used to tightly pack down dirt
Plate Tamp – vibrating motorized flat tamp to copact larger areas
Triplex mower ? a mower that runs vertical reels (golf course mower
Chalk box/Dry liner- for lining fields
Clay bricks/packing clay- mound and homeplate mix used specifcally for the repairs
Nail drag – Piece of lumber with rows of nails used for working the infield dirt.
Cocoa mat ? Mat pulled across/around the infield dirt to create a smooth even surface
Tarp ? Waterproof covering to keep excess water off infield dirt area
Lip ? Slightly elevated ridge in the turfgrass adjacent to a skinned area caused by build up of infield material
Divot ? Piece of turf torn up from the playing field turf
Skinned area ? infield dirt area around base path
Dugout ? A sunken shelter at the side of the field where players stay while not on the field
Pitcher?s plate (rubber) ?plate located on top of pitcher?s mound
Base ? any one of the four corners of the infield marked by a bag or plate
Home plate ? The base at which a batter stands when hitting and which a runner must cross safely in order to score
Warning track ? area of material or artificial material placed in the outfield and around stands to warn players of approaching boundary ? fence, railing or dugout
Drag Mat – Sometimes can be of metal linkage… flexible of stiff depending on application
Infield clay ? mix of clay, silt and sand used in the nongrass areas around the base path
Core aeration ? The creation of vertical channels in the soil with a hollow cylinder that physically removes a core of turf and soil to a specified depth
Dethatching ? The process of mechanically removing or thinning the thatch layer between the surface of the soil and the turfgrass canopy
Topdressing ? Addition of sand or soil to the surface of the turf
Scarify ? Process of loosening the surface of the ground in preparation for seeding, sprigging or sodding
Overseeding ? Application of additional turfgrass seed to existing turf
Soil conditioner ? materials which are added to soil to improve its performance characteristics