Friday, May 24, 2013

Vertical Mowing

Starting next Tuesday, we will begin to "verticut" all of the fairways, tees, and greens collars. Verticutting is the process of cutting the grass in a vertical direction as opposed to the horizontal position that we normally cut the grass.  A set of blades spaced about an inch to two inches apart spin at high speeds cutting slits into the grass.  Normally, the slit is no deeper than a quarter of an inch deep. 
Vertical mowing a fairway with a verticut mower.
Regular vertical mowing is one of the most beneficial maintenance practices we can perform to maintain desirable turf and playing conditions.  Verticutting stimulates the turf to grow more aggressively, denser, and tighter; all characteristics of quality playing surfaces.  While you will see the slits in the turf, playability will remain excellent.  The only downside to this process is that it must be done while the turf is actively growing, and the temporary aesthetic appearance of the slits.  With good growing conditions, the fairways, tees, and collars will all look normal after about two weeks.
Vertical mower for tees and collars.  Note the vertical blades.
As always, we appreciate your patience while we work to improve the golf course.