9 Tips for Smarter Finishing Grooming & Dragging

The utmost attention to detail and finesse is required when you’re dragging & grooming your infield skin. Improper dragging techniques can result in problems. Those can range from severe lip buildup to poor drainage. These problems will create maintenance nightmares for you and ultimately have a negative impact on the playability and safety of these fields for ballplayers of any age.

There is a wealth of information in our Groundskeeper University lessons in the module about Infield Skin Game Day Prep. In those lessons you’ll learn about scarifying, float dragging, and dragging patterns. I highly recommend referencing those lessons, as well as the procedural tips we put together below.


BEACON’S 9 TIPS for Finish Grooming & Dragging:

  1. Choose a finish grooming tool that works best on your infield skin materials.
  3. Go slowest when cornering to prevent bowling out the infield skin area.
  4. Stay six inches or so away from turf edges to reduce lip buildup!
  5. Use a leveling bar ahead of the drag to spread out piles of soil and topdressing.
  6. Use a hand drag, drag broom, or level board to groom cutouts and baselines.
  7. If infield grade is perfect, end your dragging in the same spot it was started.
  8. To repair poor surface grade, start your dragging in high areas and end in low areas.
  9. Rotate starting and ending locations to prevent creating new high and low spots.

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Paul Zwaska (contributor)

A former head groundskeeper for the Baltimore Orioles, Paul has been a frequent contributor to Beacon’s Ballfield Blog and other resources and products. Among other contributions to Beacon, he authored Groundskeeper University, the pioneering online ballfield maintenance training venue.