Tricks of the Trade - Using On-Deck Circles for Moisture Management
Moisture management is a key aspect for optimum mound and plate clay performance. One way to maintain proper moisture is to keep the clay fully hydrated when not in use. One trick to maintain moisture? Use the on deck circles to cover the batters boxes when the field is not is use. Below are photos of this method.
It is best to use a tarp along with the circles, but this is a great "budget" approach.
Co-founder and partner of J&D Turf. A sportsturf junkie, I cut my teeth at Victory Field with the Indianapolis Indians maintaining the playing surface at what has been dubbed "The Best Minor League Ballpark in America." From intern, to assistant to head groundskeeper over 10 seasons, I was director of operations for the team before realizing sportsturf was my passion, baseball was merely the game.
My bachelor’s degree in sports management from Marian University and a degree in turfgrass science from Purdue University serve as the initial credibility with clients ranging from university to K-12 administrators, parks and rec officials, and maintenance crews to my friends with their own fields in the Major Leagues.
The "Smart Turf" blog is my way of sharing my experiences as consultant, groundskeeper and business owner with the larger sportsturf community. There was a day early in my career that I'd joke that I live to make tall grass short. Given the expanding horizon of this profession over the last decade, I've come to realize and respect it as much more.