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COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM) -- The West Michigan Whitecaps are making sure everything is perfect for opening day, including their grassy field.

Mike Huie is head groundskeeper for the Whitecaps. We asked him how he keeps the grass looking so good, despite the late spring. "We cheat a little bit and we cover it over the winter with turf blankets and it helps keep the soil temperate up, so in spring it has a quicker recovery," says Huie.

While most homeowners can't cover their lawn with blankets, Huie offers some steps to make your grass look nice.

"At this point, if you wondering what to do with your lawn you can go out and fertilize it pretty soon. I would use a quick release like ammonium sulfate, and it will kick in pretty quick," explains Huie.

In a pinch you can paint your lawn green, but Huie doesn't recommend it. "You can spray paint your lawn, but the paint is coating the grass and the sun cant reach it."

Huie used spray paint to add the new 20th logo to the field, but he does not paint the grass green.

Huie also recommends aerating the lawn, which will help the fertilizer get into the lawn. Crews have been working hard to get the field up to snuff by working on more than just the grass, they have packed the dirt around the track, and nail dragged the infield.

The grass is not perfectly green yet as it has been dormant, but Huie says that will change as the temperate go up.

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