Workers prep Fifth Third Field with new sod for Mud Hens' opening day

Workers prep Fifth Third Field with new sod for Mud Hens' opening day

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - On Monday, 10-12 workers were busy at Fifth Third Field, prepping it for the Mud Hens' opening day.

Sod started coming in Sunday afternoon, and since then, crews have been unloading the 33 trucks and laying the 550 rolls of sod. The job is labor-intensive; pitch forks are used to pull the seams together.

Workers say it's important to make sure the sod gives a good roll of the ball.

There is a lot of attention to detail in order to make sure the field is as smooth as possible.

“We chose a grass from Denver, CO,” said Jake Tyler, sports turf manager. “A lot of people wonder why we went so far away, but the reason why is that people think of Denver as being a cold climate area, but it's actually been in the 60's and 70's for the past couple of weeks, so it's allowed for them to harvest. It's allowed for the grass to go ahead and start growing. We have some good root structure on the sod that's coming in right now. Once the grass is down, we'll put a fertilizer on it, we'll roll the field down, then we have blankets that will cover the turf, and it'll raise the turf degree by about 40 degrees. That'll allow for the field to root and to take well so we'll be in really good shape by the opening day.”

This is the third field for the Toledo Mud Hens, and it should last another five to six years.

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