This is a great opportunity to evaluate your surface grade.
Daylight at this time of year is on the wane. The sun is coming up later and setting earlier. We are beginning to see a cool nights making an appearance. And most baseball and softball seasons have wrapped up for the year. There will be some fall ball seasons played, but football season has taken the lead. That means many ballfields are done for the season, so it’s time to get to it and get those fields ready for next spring.
This time of year is the best time to do any renovation on the infield skin, whether minor or major. You have plenty of time to work on it without the pressure of an opening day deadline and still plenty of favorable weather and soil moisture conditions.
A season can take a toll on an infield resulting in ragged turf edges and high and low spots in the infield skin. Reestablish your turf edges by running string lines and scribing arcs to mark out where you need the turf edges trimmed back in order to give the field some crisp, clean edges. If you find that trimming your baselines or infield edges are making those skinned areas too large, you may have to consider placing a strip of new sod in along the edges in order to reduce the width of the baselines or the size of the infield. This is usually inevitable over time where cool season grasses are grown. Southern grasses will grow much more aggressively into the skin areas and therefore trimming edges is a more frequent task where they are grown.