Moraga, CA - Saint Mary’s College is working collaboratively with Mercado Landscaping to resurface the infield and foul territories on Louis Guisto Field. The first phase of the two-part project was recently completed with the installation of French drains; sand channels; laser grading; infield mix (turface, candlestick mix and stabilizer); a Kentucky Bluegrass playing surface; irrigation and sprinkler systems.
“The improvement to the playing surface is tremendous. The Mercado Landscaping group did a fantastic job getting the infield ready for spring play,” said head coach Jedd Soto. “We appreciate all the people who helped us get this project completed on short notice.”
The Mercado Landscaping group started with the site preparation, which included skinning the infield down four inches and removing an excess of 140 cubic yards of soil from the existing surface. They laser-graded the surface while removing all the existing sod and infield mix.
Mercado reset and installed all new irrigation while the field was bare. Six hundred linear feet of French drain was installed around the infield as a catch basin for drainage. Sand channels from the infield were tied into the French drain system.
Sixty cubic yards of premium candlestick mix, turface and stabilizer were brought in to improve the playing surface and drainage of the soil mix. Ten thousand square feet of Delta Bluegrass Premium Sod was used in the infield, foul territories and shallow outfield area to complete phase one of the infield project.
Phase two of the project is scheduled for early July. It will include the completion of French drain along the first base line in foul territory.