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Proper baseball dirt maintenance for true, consistent bounces, and good footing

If you're looking for ideas and techniques for baseball dirt maintenance, then this is the page for you.

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How to make and paint field logos

painting logos? Beware of this color

3. Choose your logo design and field location

A baseball field has several choices for location of a logo... most are behind home plate or in foul territory by the baseline. The farther away the fans are the bigger the logo has to be for them to really see it.

2. Create or buy your logo stencil

If the logo is not too complicated, a stencil can be fun and easy to make. A copy of the logo can be projected on to a plastic sheeting or tarp hung on a wall. Trace the logo. I use old 8' x 4' vinyl banners.

The simplest way to create the outline of the logo is to mark small half circles every few inches or foot if it is straight lines. After marking all of the half circles, cut them out with a utility knife.

1. Prepare the turf, position the stencil, and paint your logo

Mow the logo area a little shorter and collect the grass clippings.

Next, position the stencil and paint the small half circle cutouts. Remove the stencil. Now all you have to do is connect the dots to make your logo outline. Paint from the inside towards the outside edges.


How to Make and Paint Logos book coverMaking and Painting Field Logos (106 pages) includes:

  1. Preparation – designs and stencils, turf readiness, field location and size,
  2. Applying spray paint: aerosol & nozzles; best/worst colors
  3. Applying roller paint: mixing and rolling,
  4. Turf care and mowing with a logo, how to make it last
  5. Logos on dirt: paint and conditioner,
  6. Tips, hints, mistakes to avoid, and
  7. All kinds of examples and samples to follow for logos on natural and artificial turf including my all time favorite logo - the patriotic star.


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The Complete Baseball Field Maintenance Handbook

Baseball field questions - specific answers

Baseball Field Questions? Get Specific Answers from Experts and Help Each Other.

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All about nail drag and bolt drag for a baseball field

How the nail drag and bolt drag fit into your arsenal of baseball field maintenance tools

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How to Evaluate Your Dirt / Turf Edge

evaluate dirt-turf edge

  1. Stand on the dirt-turf edge of your infield, for example, so you have part of your foot on the grass and part on the dirt.
  2. Is it flat? Or can you tell you are not level? Some ball fields have as much as a 3 inch drop at the edge.
  3. Ever see a player or coach trip as he walks across your edge? Then you know you have a problem.
  4. Stand at one of the corners. Look down the dirt-turf edge. Is it straight and neatly cut? Is the grass at the edge thin and worn out or is it nice and thick and full?
  5. Do you clearly see a hump even from the dugout or from the stands? If it is visible from far away then you definitely have a problem.
  6. Roll a ball across the edge. Does it hop up or roll smoothly across?

But more importantly do you know how to maintain a nice level edge? Do you know how to fix that lip and ledge you have on your baseball field?


Bonus #5: How To Get the Winning Edge How To Get The Winning Edge includes:

  1. The Importance of a flat grass edge
  2. Daily maintenance of the edge - how the pros do it
  3. The typical edging process that you can easily do
  4. Major and minor edge repair: hosing, trench and roll, new sod, mass aerate and roll, & a project to reclaim the dirt build up
  5. How to marking the edges

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The Complete Baseball Field Maintenance Handbook

Baseball field maintenance goofs I made and hopefully you don't

Baseball field maintenance goofs I made. Be forwarned and your project can still have a happy ending.

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Baseball Field Maintenance Handbook

Baseball Field Maintenance Handbook: Secrets to Your Own Winning Baseball Field. Tips and Hints Made Easy!

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Use the right settings to spread seed and fertilizer

spreader and settings

I use a walk behind cyclone spreader for fertilizing my infields. I use it in such a way to try and have continuous growth and fullness without spurts and lags. And I generally mow 2x a week in season with an occaisional 3x / wk for tournaments.

fertilizer spreader

This is a Scotts Speedy Green 3000 model I use.

My settings for fertilizer and grass seed:

3 - for fine granules of 21-0-0 Ammonia sulfate. This is a fast-acting source of nitrogen I lightly use 7-10 days before tournaments or special events. Setting 3 puts out a little less than one pound of nitrogen per 1000 sq ft. Just enough to kick-start growth and greening without adding too much extra to mow.

5 - for pellets and granules of the majority of year round fertilizing. This includes such mixes as 16-6-8 or 24-6-8 or 21-7-14. I put these out once a month. Setting 5 puts out less than the manufacturer's recommnedation. But I also put it out more often for continuous growth and feeding of the roots and stems. I like to combine these feedings with monthly core aerating. At this setting I spread one 50 pound bag over 13,000 sq ft. For very large pellets I may bump it up to 7.

5 - fall and spring overseeding with the mix of 80% perennial rye and 20% bluegrass; I spread at a rate of about 4 pounds per 1000 sq ft. This is less than the recommended rate, but my turf is generally in good shape with all I do, so I don't need to put out 6-8 pounds per 1000 sq ft.

3 - lightly overseeding bi-monthly when aerating during the playing season. This doesn't seem like much, but it does add depth, thickness, and fullness.

How to Measure Between Bases

where to measure the bases

Joe asks:

When measuring home to 1st base, do I measure from the apex to front of 1st base?
A  where-to-measure-from diagram would be very helpful from home to every base.  Thanks.

Hi Joe,

When measuring home to 1B or 3B, you measure from the back point of home plate to the back of the base.   The measurement for home to 2B goes from the back point of home plate to the center of 2B. Right where the peg goes.

Have a great spring season!

Here's a diagram showing you where to measure the bases:

Learn from baseball field projects and case studies

Need baseball field projects to learn from? Here's a visual guide of many different projects.

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Baseball Field Maintenance - how to get started

Get started with baseball field maintenance using some basic need-to-know information and then some choices for whipping your field into shape

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Baseball field funding ideas for your baseball field maintenance projects

Need some ideas to get baseball field funding for your projects when you don't have much money? How can you get funding?

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Baseball field checklist for field maintenance and pre-season audit

If you're looking for baseball field checklist and audit ideas, here are the best ones to develop a proper maintenance routine for your baseball field

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The best baseball turf maintenance program there is

Looking for baseball turf maintenance tips and hints the pros use? Find them here. and make all your bounces dependable.

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11 items for your Spring budget

11 line items for the spring budget

This is a specific proposed budget for a Little League complex with two 46/60 grass fields, one 60/90 grass field, and one dirt infield softball field. Teams practice and play on these from February to July.

  1. 300 pounds of sports turf grass seed, 80/20 perennial rye / blue grass, used on the infields in Feb and May. $420.
  2. 350 pounds of fertilizer applied lightly Feb-June. $140.
  3. 20 yards of baseball dirt used to tune up some low spots on each field. $700.
  4. Gas for the mowers, edgers, and blowers. $250.
  5. Paint for white and orange bases. This is used occaisionally throughout the season and every day during tournaments. $180.
  6. Drying agents and soil conditioners. 50 lb bags of calcined clay. $150.
  7. Equipment rentals - sod cutter and de-thatcher. $150.
  8. 1000 sq ft of sod to fix some cutouts and worn areas. $370.
  9. 20 yards of topdressing and sand mix. $300.
  10. New broom drag. $200.
  11. Assorted: stringers, weed killer, spare sprinklers, edger blades, batter box markers, tie downs, base peg plugs, rubber mats, and eye/ear protection. $250.


In prior years there were also line items to cover the cost to repair / replace equipment, tools, bases, fencing, signage, draniage, and bulbs for the scoreboards.


Well, I hope this gives you something to think about.
You can take these ideas and tailor them to your specific situation.

This kind of planning that makes for a better baseball experience so your athletes reach their fullest potential. And that's what it's all about - the players.

best regards,
Jim Reiner


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Are You Making These Sod Installation Mistakes?

sod installation mistakes

This year I've seen several sod installations go bad. 

There are several reasons for this. 

  1. Not doing any planning or preparation BEFORE the sod is delivered.
  2. Leaving the sod out in the sun for half a day before attempting to use it - it dried up and died.
  3. Not soaking it after laying it - the roots had little water; the grass died.
  4. And the worst of all - not watering it regularly after installation to ensure it takes - again, no water equals dead grass.

But I've also seen two installations that went very well and were ready for competitive play within three weeks.

[Note: If you
are considering sod for your field, then you need to be aware of decisions you need to make and tips and hints for successful sod installation.]

 

Adding brick dust to a baseball field - dialog with a coach

Dialog with a coach all about adding brick dust to his baseball field

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Baseball Field Maintenance & Renovation for Youth, Collegiate, and Pros

Use this 'how to' baseball field maintenance guide to make your baseball field safer and more playable.

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Holiday Special

Holiday Special on Baseball Field Maintenance Handbook

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Baseball dirt: raising the level, adding conditioner, and other questions

Questions about adding baseball dirt, raising the level two inches, how to maintain, where to get training

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A Better Baseball Field for Better Play, October issue

Your monthly guide to baseball field maintenance tips, hints, and case studies

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Find your baseball field diagram, measurement, and specification here

Find Your Official Baseball Field Diagram, Measurement, and Dimension Here

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baseball field turf maintenance checklist

A great 10 step baseball field turf maintenance checklist

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3 ways to renovate your baseball turf right now

3 ways to renovate your turf

This is the very best time of year to strengthen and renovate your baseball turf.

Whether your ball field is in really bad shape right now or just needs a boost for spring, this is the time of year to do this. Your home lawn could benefit as well!

With a little work right now, you can go from these kind of before and after pictures:






Here are 3 ways to renovate your baseball turf right now: