Baseball Field Mound And Home Plate Maintenance


One of the most common repairs that a baseball
field manager will face will be the repairs done at the pitcher’s mound as well as the
home plate area. Because these areas of a baseball field receive the greatest amount
of traffic, they’re primarily constructed with clay. When we look to repair these areas,
we want to repair with the same material. The two materials that you use to make repairs
are bagged clay and compressed clay, which is in the form of clay blocks. Bagged clay
is going to be used primarily for all your daily repairs. However, when you’ve got significant
damage here, like we have in front of the pitching rubber, I like to use the compressed
clay and the clay blocks. It makes the repair a lot simpler.
If you have any high spots, you can first level them out using a hula hoe. To make sure
the new clay adheres to the old clay, there are a couple of steps you want to do to prepare
the area. First of all, sweep away all the loose material, making sure you get down to
the clay base. Add a small amount of water to moisten the clay base. Finally, scarify
the area. Now that we have our area prepared, it’s time
to add our new clay. I’m going to start with the area just in front of the pitching rubber,
where the damage is most severe. As you can see, this clay block is much too large for
the hole in front of the pitching rubber. I’m going to slice this clay block into several
smaller pieces and pack that into the hole. I’ll finish the job by adding the loose clay
and tamping that all down. For the small repairs, prep the area the same way and add loose clay
as needed. Cover it with a towel and tamp it down until it’s compacted and level with
the surrounding area. For a professional look, we’ll finish the mound by adding soil conditioner.
Spread it out evenly, water thoroughly, and finally cover with a tarp to hold the moisture
in. For repairs here at home plate, we’ll follow
the same process as we did at the pitcher’s mound. For more information about the products
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