Maintaining Base Paths
Keep them firm and level
Base paths need to be level and firm to provide traction for the athletes.
- They should not have lips that prevent water from running off of the infield.
- Paths can contain greater clay and silt levels (up to 60% to 80% clay) in the soil to maintain their firmness, or simply manage your moisture to keep the base paths firm.
- Incorporate 2 to 4 bags of Turface® conditioner 2 inches deep, and 2 bags on the surface of the base paths from home plate to first and from home plate to third base to control moisture and provide traction for the athletes. Reapply 2 bags as topdressing as often as necessary for traction and moisture control.
Dragging and Raking
Base paths need to be dragged or raked to keep them in good condition.
- If the paths are too narrow to effectively use a drag, the same benefits of dragging can be accomplished by using a landscape rake to scarify the base paths. This should be done lengthwise instead of side to side. Side-to-side raking will push loose materials into the turf and will create lips that prevent water from running off of the infield.