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How to Repair a Baseball Pitcher’s Mound


After each game and practice, a maintenance
routine is vital to produce a safe and professional-looking ball field. Damage to the pitching mound should be addressed
each time the field is used. Most of the damage will occur here in front
of the pitching rubber, as well as in the landing area. Because the pitcher’s mound is made primarily
of clay, we’re gonna use clay to repair these areas. There are several product options available
to you depending on the severity of the damage, as well as your budget. Bagged clay will typically be sufficient for
most repairs, but you may also want to consider using sections of clay blocks to repair deeper
holes. A common mistake that can occur when repairing
large holes is not fully compacting the clay inside the hole. Using a compressed clay block like this one
can help ensure the area is repaired correctly. To ensure that you’ll have a good bond between
the existing surface and the new clay, sweep away all the loose material so the surface
is free of conditioner and any other debris. Next, add a small amount of water to moisten
the clay base, and then scarify the area. With the surface prepared, you can now add
the new clay. Start with the area just in front of the pitching
rubber where the damage is most severe. For longer lasting repairs, compression is
the key. This is especially true for the deeper holes. The blunt end of a digging bar will work best,
but you can also use the handle of a rake or a shovel. Finish the compaction with a tamper until
the surface is level with the surrounding area. Be sure to cover the head with a tamp sock
to prevent the clay from sticking to the steel. We’re using a Beacon Athletic Sweet Spot Tamper. This tamper has been designed with an articulating
head that helps to correct off center hits with virtually no vibration. When your tamping is complete, you can use
a hula hoe to shave down the high spots. After you’ve completed your repairs, finish
the job by adding conditioner and water thoroughly. The conditioner will give your mound a professional
look and will help retain moisture throughout the game. To prevent the clay from drying out between
games, cover the mound with a tarp. This will make game day prep much easier. One last thing. Make sure you seal any open bags of clay that
you have. This will help hold that moisture in. For more information, feel free to stop by
your local Ewing branch or visit us online at ewingirrigation.com.

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