How To Install Artificial Turf In Batting Cage?

If you are looking to upgrade your batting cage, then installing artificial turf is one of the best ways to do so. It’s durable, looks great and is easy to clean up after games or practices. Artificial turf will also save you time and money because it doesn’t need much maintenance!

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How To Install Artificial Grass | DIY
Key Takeaways
How to install artificial turf in a batting cage
Tips for installing artificial grass on different surfaces
Importance of preparing the soil for artificial grass
Choosing the right size of artificial grass for your space
Additional resources for installing batting cage turf
Answers to frequently asked questions about artificial turf installation

1) Measure and Mark

Measure the area to be covered. Mark the space with a sharpie or chalk line to ensure that you’re not going over by mistake. 

Draw lines on each side of the batting area that are about 6 inches from either side of your center mark (the middle of your batting cage). This will help you know where to stop when you start laying turf so that it lines up perfectly with your original marks.

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2) Clear the Area

This is the most important step to getting a new batting cage turf installed. The old turf, netting and anything else that may be in the way has to be removed so you can start from scratch.

  • Remove any old batting cage netting. It’s best if you have someone help you with this as it can be quite heavy.
  • Remove any old turf that remains on top of your pitching mounds and base pads. You should also remove any bases that are attached to your current netting system or don’t come off easily by themselves (i.e., they’re stuck).

Clearing the Area

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Remove old turfThe first step to clearing the area is to remove the old turf. This may involve cutting out the old turf or rolling it up to be removed from the space.
Remove any obstaclesOnce the old turf has been removed, it’s important to also clear out any other obstacles that may be in the way, such as rocks, weeds, or debris.
Remove netting and other equipmentIf there is any existing netting or other equipment in the space that may need to be removed or relocated, it’s important to take care of this step as well.
Grade the areaAfter the space has been cleared, it’s important to grade the area to ensure a level and even surface for the new artificial turf installation.
Install weed barriersDepending on the location of the batting cage, it may be necessary to install weed barriers to prevent weed growth from beneath the turf.

This table outlines the key tasks involved in clearing the area for a new batting cage turf installation. By following this step-by-step guide, you can ensure that the area is properly prepared for the new turf, and that the installation process runs smoothly.

3) Fill with Drainage Gravel

Using a pitchfork, spread the gravel evenly across the bottom of the cage.

Use a rake to level out any high or low spots in your gravel. The key is to make sure that your batting cage has an even surface on which turf will sit without sinking or shifting at all parts of it.

The last thing you want is for someone hitting ground balls through their knees because they were using too much gravel!

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4) Lay Ground Fabric

Ground fabric is placed on top of the base layer, and is what your turf will lay on. The purpose of ground fabric is to provide a soft, smooth playing surface for baseballs to roll over during practice or games.

Ground fabric can be purchased online in rolls or by the yard, depending on how much area you need to cover.

Ground fabric should be laid out evenly with no wrinkles whatsoever. After the entire perimeter has been covered with ground fabric, fold any excess material up onto itself at least 3 times so that it’s secure and won’t come loose after being cut by a lawn mower or blown away during high winds (that’s why they don’t sell them by the foot).

When mowing around your batting cage (which should only be done while batting cages are not occupied), do not use any type of weed killer as this could damage your infill layer which would make it unsafe for play! 

The best way to trim grass quickly without damaging turf fibers is using an electric edger—you’ll just need something sharp enough like scissors since there aren’t any blades attached like there would be if using something else such as clippers/scissors etcetera…

Lay Ground Fabric

Here’s a table based on the semantic of laying ground fabric:

Measure the areaBefore laying the ground fabric, measure the area to determine how much fabric you will need.
Clear the areaBefore placing the ground fabric, clear the area of any rocks, weeds, or other debris that may be in the way.
Roll out the fabricOnce the area is clear, roll out the ground fabric and cut it to size as needed.
Secure the edgesOnce the fabric is in place, secure the edges by hammering in landscape staples around the perimeter of the area.
Overlap seamsIf necessary, overlap seams of the fabric and secure them in place with adhesive or tape.

This table outlines the key tasks involved in laying the ground fabric for a batting cage turf installation. By following these steps, you can ensure that the foundation for your turf is properly laid, providing a smooth and even playing surface for baseball practice or games.

5) Add Turf Infill to the Base

The base is the layer of material on which your turf rolls will be laid. The base should be made of something that absorbs water, such as sand, gravel or crushed stone. It needs to be strong enough to support the weight of your turf rolls and not too thin or thick.

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6) Lay Turf Rolls Out on the Base

Now that you have all of your turf rolls cut and ready to go, it’s time to start laying down your artificial turf batting cage. First, lay out some ground rules so that you don’t make any mistakes:

Use a tape measure to mark out the area where you want your new batting cage. Make sure there is at least 6 feet of space between each roll of turf (this will be more than enough room for an adult).

Lay down each roll of artificial turf with its back facing up. Straighten them out as best as possible so they are all parallel with one another and not rolling in different directions or being bunched up anywhere along their length (you may need some help with this).

Check each roll using a level at several points along its length/width—the goal here is to make sure that none of the rolls are leaning down or up towards anything else nearby like trees or walls; if there are any small variations then try laying some extra cardboard underneath those spots until they’re level again!

7) Cut the Turf to Fit the Area Needed

Arrange a few of your rolls on the ground in an area that is about 5 feet wide and 8 feet long. Use a sharp utility knife to cut through the turf and create strips approximately 1 inch wide (too much wider than this will be difficult to cut). 

We recommend cutting each strip at least 6 feet long, so that you have enough turf for multiple cuts if needed. Place these pieces aside so they will not get dirty or damaged during installation.

Properly preparing the soil is crucial for a successful artificial grass installation. In order to prepare the soil for artificial grass, it’s important to remove organic matter, grade the area, and add weed barriers if necessary. Check out our guide on how to prepare soil for artificial grass for a comprehensive step-by-step guide.

8) Glue Down Seams & Secure Turf

Once the turf is laid out, you can glue down the seams. This is an important step because it’s where the rolls meet and therefore the weakest point of your turf system. 

Glueing down seams will keep them in place and prevent them from unravelling over time. Seam glue is easier to apply than seam tape because it doesn’t require any cutting or taping of pieces together, but either type of product should work well for this purpose.

9) Add Artificial Turf Infill

The last step is to add artificial turf infill. If you did not purchase an infill upon purchasing your new turf, you will need to purchase some. 

The amount of infill needed will vary depending on the type of turf that was used and the size of your batting cage.

To install this layer, simply spread it evenly over the top surface of your batting cage with a rake or broom. Once covered, use a leaf blower to remove any loose debris and excess material from around the sides or bottom of the batting cage floor.

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10) Hose Down and Brush Turf

After the turf has been laid, it requires regular brushing and hosing down to remove any loose infill. You can use a soft brush to comb the infill back into the turf, as well as to remove any dirt that may have gotten stuck in there.

If you want to make sure your batting cage is always clean and ready for use, we recommend that you hose down your artificial grass once weekly with a high-pressure hose and brush it before using it again.

11) Level All Areas of the Batting Cage

After installing the turf and leveling the area, you’ll want to check that it’s perfectly level. You can do this with a laser or spirit level, or by using an old-fashioned tape measure. 

If your batting cage is not completely level, you will need to use shims (also known as spacers) to ensure that all areas are at a consistent height. 

Shims come in many different sizes and shapes I used 1/4″ wooden blocks for my installation and are used under areas of the turf where there is too much slope or drop-off from one side to another.

Once you have installed all of your artificial grass turf sections (and leveled them), it’s time to take care of some final details:

  • Wetting The Turf To Prevent Puddles
  • Choosing A Stain To Apply

12) Add Netting, Stencils, L-Screens & Pitching Mounds

Once you’ve laid the turf, it’s time to add some extras. You can use netting, stencils, L-screens and pitching mounds to create an even more realistic look. 

Netting is a great way to separate batting cages from other fields on your property, especially if you have multiple batting cages.

Unfortunately (or fortunately), installing this type of fencing isn’t as easy as laying artificial turf on the ground.

For example:

  • Make sure that whatever type of fencing you decide on using is rated for outdoor conditions and won’t damage your new turf over time.
  • Use tools like a staple gun or hammer tacker—or even an electric drill with screws—to secure the netting properly in place without damaging the surface underneath it!


We hope that this article has helped you understand how to install artificial turf in your batting cage. 

It is important to get the right materials and follow the installation instructions carefully so that you can enjoy playing baseball on your new field for many years to come!

Further reading

For more information on installing artificial turf in a batting cage, check out these helpful resources:

Returf provides a step-by-step guide for installing turf in a batting cage.

ATXTurf offers a comprehensive guide to installing DIY backyard batting cages.

Practice Sports provides tips and advice on how to make the installation of batting cage turf as easy as possible.


How long does it take to install artificial turf in a batting cage?

The installation time can vary depending on the size of the batting cage, but on average, it can take anywhere from a few hours to a full day to complete.

How do I know how much turf I need for my batting cage?

To calculate the amount of artificial turf needed, measure the dimensions of the space and factor in any unique features or obstructions in the area.

Do I need to add infill to my batting cage turf?

It depends on the type of turf being used. Certain types of turf require infill for proper support and stability, while others may not require it at all.

How do I clean and maintain my batting cage turf?

To keep your batting cage turf looking its best, it’s important to regularly clean it by removing debris and using a hose or leaf blower to remove dirt and dust. Additionally, it’s important to brush the turf regularly to maintain its shape and prevent matting.

Can I install batting cage turf myself, or do I need to hire a professional?

While it’s possible to install batting cage turf yourself, it’s important to be familiar with the proper installation techniques, as well as any specialized tools and equipment that may be needed. If you’re unsure about the installation process, it may be best to hire a professional installer to ensure the job is done right.