Monday, April 13, 2015

Fairway Verticutting

We recently purchased a new verticutter for cutting fairways.  The SISIS Veemo is one of the best verticutters on the market and is especially well adapted for our environment. Verticutting is the process of cutting the grass in a vertical position as opposed to the horizontal position that most mowers cut.  Verticutting is a necessary agronomic practice that removes thatch, increases turf density, reduces grain, and promotes bentgrass.  It also makes a mess!
HFCC's new Verticutter
Deep verticutting on the #1 fairway.
Ever since implementing our fairway verticutting program about 5 years ago, the turf has steadily improved year after year.  We recently finished deep verticutting the fairways and due to the continued rain, have been cleaning up ever since.  Verticutting creates an excessive amount of organic matter that needs to be cleaned up afterwards.  Normally, we blow the material in the rough and mow it several times turning it into mulch.  However, the rains have hampered our ability to blow the material and in many areas we have had to clean the material up by hand.  While the clean-up is taking longer than desired, the benefits far outweigh the extra effort.
"Rooster tails" are a good indication that your getting a good cut.