Cashman Field became the 1st AAA baseball stadium to utilize Universe® Fraze Mowing with a clean out on Sept. 2. Cashman Field, home of New York Mets affilate Las Vegas 51's, is managed by Mr. Kevin Moses and Mr. Dustin Amatori. While Mr. Moses recently has left Cashman for an exciting new project, Mr. Amatori has carried on full speed ahead. The field grass just finished its 33rd season, as it is the original 419 bermudagrass installed when the stadium opened back 1983. The field has accumulated a thick layer of thatch and organic, the exact challenge that Universe® Fraze Mowing was created to solve.
More challenging though, bermudagrass fraze mow season "ends" around August 15 in areas that winter temperatures go below freezing. Las Vegas is one of those areas. Fall, with lower sun angles and shorter days, is time for bermudagrass plants to harden off in preparation for winter and to store extra carbohydrates for early spring green up. Fraze mowing promotes 100% opposite of that. It creates lush, young growth and requires the grass plants to work overtime and burn up carbohydrate reserves to re-generate.
But Las Vegas's elevation of 2,001' above sea level and 300 days of sunshine/ year allowed for fraze mowing to be utilized over 3 weeks later then it should take place. Consistent sunshine that is high intensity with altitude provides increased light energy and soil temperature. That in combination with an aggressive tested and proven plant feeding program from @GrassRevolution to supplement the grass plant's natural systems eliminated the risk of fraze mowing that fields in other parts of the US face after August 15.
Greater Nevada Field in Reno became the 1st Kentucky bluegrass AAA baseball stadium to utilize Universe® Fraze Mowing with a clean out on Sept. 21. Greater Nevada Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate Reno Aces, is managed by Mr. Joe Hill and Mr. Danny Losito. The Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass mix was installed just before the stadium opened in 2009. Over the 8 seasons, poa annua had started to increase in population and an organic layer was forming that slowed water from infiltrating into the sand below. With soccer starting in the stadium in 2017 along with the regular baseball, Universe® Fraze Mowing was the ideal solution to "clean out" those challenges.