Maintenance to Prevent Build-Up or Lips

Sweeping the infield edges will prevent materials from building up in the edges of the turf and causing a lip to form. To do this, take a broom or rake and sweep all loose materials lying in the turf back onto the skinned surface. Then remove any grass that is swept onto the infield with a rake. If more than one person does this task it should not take any longer than a few minutes.

Another option to prevent or remove lips is to use a garden hose and high-pressure nozzle and spray the soil out of the grass back onto the infield dirt. Spray at a 45-degree angle toward the infield. This can be a very effective way to remove more soil than hand raking lips.