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With 32 days until Toledo Mud Hens Opening day, sports turf manager Jake Tyler doesn’t have much time to get the grass perfectly mowed and the dirt soft. So Jake, had to figure out a way to melt all of the snow in the infield so he can get to work. So why not cover the infield with the tarp and blow hot air into the tarp to melt all of the snow.

With the current air temperature being 12 degrees and inside of the tarp being 72 degrees, which caused the snow to melt 4 inches in just 3 hours. ┬áIt’s something you just don’t see to often which made for some interesting pictures.

Toledo Mud Hens sports turf manager Jake Tyler inside of the tarp to help melt the snow.

Toledo Mud Hens sports turf manager Jake Tyler inside of the tarp to help melt the snow.

Toledo Mud Hens sports turf manager Jake Tyler checks the grass after the snow melted away.

Toledo Mud Hens sports turf manager Jake Tyler checks the grass after the snow melted away.

Tubes carrying the hot air into the tarp.

Tubes carrying the hot air into the tarp.

General view of the giant diesel heater.

General view of the giant diesel heater.

Assistant sports turf manager Cory Meyers refills the heater with diesel fuel.

Assistant sports turf manager Cory Meyers refills the heater with diesel fuel.

Sports turf manager Jake Tyler uses a John Deere tractor to move snow from the infield.

Sports turf manager Jake Tyler uses a John Deere tractor to move snow from the infield.

General view of Fifth Third Field with the tarp covering the infield, which is keeping the heat inside to melt the snow.

General view of Fifth Third Field with the tarp covering the infield, which is keeping the heat inside to melt the snow.

General view of Fifth Third Field with the tarp covering the infield, which is keeping the heat inside to melt the snow.

General view of Fifth Third Field with the tarp covering the infield, which is keeping the heat inside to melt the snow.

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