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Baseball Field Maintenance Guide

There is something so nostalgic about a well-maintained baseball field, bringing back childhood memories or stoking dreams for future baseball stardom. However, a lot of work goes into ensuring a baseball field instills those dazzling and inviting sensations when you step onto the field. If you are looking for ways to upgrade your baseball field or give it the love and attention it deserves, we have compiled this maintenance guide to promote the safety, functionality and beauty of your playing area!

How Are Baseball Fields Maintained?

In some ways, baseball field maintenance is comparable to lawn maintenance. You'll need to water and mow the grass, trim weeds, clean up debris and ensure you don't overwater the grass to keep it in tip-top shape. However, baseball field maintenance also calls for numerous considerations irrelevant to yard upkeep.

The unique considerations for baseball field maintenance involve aesthetics, playability and, above all, safety. Concerning the field's playability, each area has special maintenance requirements, while the field's safety includes and extends beyond the playing area to the fences, bleachers and other structures. To ensure the playing space meets high standards for aesthetics, playability and safety, maintenance workers generally follow these guidelines:

  • Grade the infield so water drains off the field after rainfall

  • Regularly drag and rake the field to maintain the infield grade and prevent ruts and puddles from forming that could impede playability and present safety hazards

  • Clearly and thoroughly communicate proper baseball field care and etiquette to everyone using the field

  • Conduct soil testing annually and aerate the soil

  • Provide the soil with the nutrients it needs to stay healthy

  • Water the grass according to the soil's dryness and overall moisture retention

  • With every mow, ensure the grass maintains at least one-third of its growth to prevent decline

  • Schedule regular mowings so you can keep the baseball field grass at its desired height without removing more than one-third of its growth

  • Examine and maintain the baseball field before and after every use and ensure it isn't used when wet

  • Perform general maintenance and repairs on structures around the field to ensure their proper function and safety for both spectators and participants, including the fences, dugouts, bleachers and other miscellaneous structures

Baseball Field Maintenance Checklist

Given the unique considerations and many tasks required to maintain a baseball field safely, a checklist can be helpful to ensure your field performs with optimal function and safety and is aesthetically pleasing.


To maintain the outfield, you should:

  • Ensure at least 75% of the field is covered with turfgrass

  • Check that there are no bare spots that leave hard soil exposed

  • Ensure no standing water is on the field

  • Make sure turfgrass has a uniform color, density and height

  • Remove any burrs, thistles and thorns

  • Fix any gopher holes, mounds or ruts

  • Communicate the importance of caring for the outfield grass to coaches and parents


Infield maintenance includes:

  • Ensuring the clay is loose enough and not too coarse for safe sliding but not so loose that it impedes traction

  • Checking that the running paths are level and the bases, home plate and pitcher's rubber are securely anchored

  • Removing lip or soil buildup between the infield and outfield boundary

  • Ensuring the skinned area is dry — and if not, facilitating proper drainage

  • Postponing play if the soil sticks to your shoes

  • Making sure the pitcher's mound, batter's box and home plate areas are in good condition and conform to league requirements

Baseball Field Maintenance Checklist