Bocce Court Maintenance Guide
Do you have a bocce ball court? Our Bocce Court Maintenance Guide covers everything that you need to know for keeping your court in the best playable condition.
Daily Bocce Court Maintenance
After play and before watering, brush the surface using a drag broom
Water the court thoroughly and uniformly to keep the court stable and to eliminate dust.
Roll the surface as needed, particularly on new courts. This ensures a firmer, faster court, less granular build-up and erosion, improved moisture retention and faster drying time.
As-Needed Bocce Court Maintenance
A bocce court will develop depressions or low areas over time in certain high play areas. These depressions will become evident because water will stand in these areas for longer after watering. Running a string line over the court will also highlight low areas. These low areas will need to be patched. To patch a low area, follow these steps:
- Scarify the low area with a lute - this helps the new Har-Tru material to bind and adhere to the existing court.
- Spread new Har-Tru material into the low area.
- Level Har-Tru material with a straight-edge (ladder or flat side of a lute).
- Hand water and roll the low area.
- You may need to repeat the process if the low area is particularly deep.
Removing "Dead" Material
Daily play and watering will cause some of the larger Har-Tru granules to work themselves to the surface. These larger granules are a positive in small amounts. However, large quantities of large granules - known as "dead" material - can cause bad bounces and inhibit playability. These large granules are grayer in color and can accumulate in certain areas. To control "dead" material, simply use the flat edge of a lute to scrape the material into piles and remove from the court. Take care not to scrape into the regular court surface when removing the "dead" material.
Bocce courts will lose material over time due to the effects of watering, wind, rain, and play - 10-12, 80 lb. bags. In order to properly maintain a bocce court, they must be top dressed on an annual basis. To top dress, follow these steps:
- Before top dressing, be sure the court is completely dry.
- Scarify the entire court surface using a tow scarifier or lute.
- Patch low areas (see above).
- Apply court surfacing material using a spreader.
- Level the material using a straight edge, usually a ladder.
- Hand water and roll the court.
Top Dressing Tips
You can either top dress using a small amount of material (1 bag per court per month) multiple times per year or top dress using a large amount of material (10-12 bags per court) once per year.