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Charlotte, N.C. (WJZY) -- KNIGHTS PREPARE FOR OPENING DAY

It’s the final countdown. Charlotte Knights Ballpark is gearing up for its big opening day Friday April 11th.

A big part of preparing for the opening game is getting the field ready. The groundskeepers are working long days, getting out at midnight.

We spoke with the grass guru, Eddie Busque, who’s in charge of making each blade perfect for game day.

A LOOK BEHINDS THE SCENES - PREPARING FOR GAME DAY APRIL 11

Eddie has been head groundskeeper in professional baseball for more than 20 years. He was in golf before that. He studied to be a golf course superintendent.

You may think he must have the best lawn ever. Well, according to Eddie, that’s his wife’s job.

After long days keeping the field green for baseball season, taking care of the yard at home is the last thing he wants to do. He gives props to his wife for mowing the lawn and keeping it up.


MOWING

Speaking of mowing, how often do you think Eddie and his team cuts the grass?

Wait for it…

EVERY DAY!

THE ART OF MOWING THE LAWN

No one has time to mow their personal lawn every day – not even Eddie. He suggests folks mow the grass twice a week. Weekend warrior mowing isn’t enough.

How about the length of the grass? Eddie says you never want to mow more than 1/3rd of the grass blade.

If you want a cool stripe look, just mow one portion of the grass in one direction, showing the dark side of the blade, and the other portion in another direction, showing the lighter side.


FERTILIZE

Just like any other plant, you’ve got to water and feed it to flourish.

Eddie fertilizes the baseball field every two weeks. It has to be that often because the grass grows on sand so it can drain the field when there’s a heavy rain.

For a typical lawn, you should fertilize it once a month.

For Bermuda grass: Fertilize in the afternoon and turn the irrigation on.

For Fescue grass: Fertilize first thing in the morning. You don’t want fescue to be wet when temperatures drop at night.

Eddie suggests a 1-1-1 combination fertilizer. The numbers stand for nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K).

FEEDING YOUR FIELD - THE RIGHT PORTIONS AT THE RIGHT TIME


GRASS

Is all grass created equal? Well, Eddie has his grass of choice.

EDDIE'S CHOICE OF GRASS

Eddie says 90% of golf courses in the area are common Bermuda grass.

If you’re starting over with your yard or don’t have a great looking lawn right now, Eddie says it will take about 2 years of mowing twice a week and fertilizing once a month to get it green and lush.


EDDIE’S SECRET

The groundskeepers have been working on the Knights Baseball grass since it was put down on the field late last Fall.

Eddie says the cold weather this winter has made it challenging to get the field ready, but Eddie has a secret solution.

EDDIE SHARES HIS SECRET

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