The benefits of a topdressing layer include:
- Creating a “mulch layer” that helps control moisture content of the infield skin.
- Better moisture control means “truer hops” on ground balls.
- Gives base runners the perfect sliding surface.
- Wet infield soils won’t stick to cleats.
- Allows for quicker re-entry onto an infield after a rain event.
- It’s just generally easier to maintain.