But what exactly is verticutting? Well, by definition, verticutting is the thinning of turfgrass by blades or wire tines that cut perpendicular to the soil surface. As shown in the picture, verticutting blades resemble “throwing stars,” assembled in a helix shape. When the blade depth is set at, or just below the putting surface, the process is often referred to as "grooming." During the growing season this practice is performed once or twice per month as needed. Following the verticutting, the greens are mowed as usual, and within a day, you can’t see the lines at all.
What are the benefits of verticutting? Verticutting provides several benefits. For the plant, it helps with thatch removal, and promotes new growth of shoots, which leads to a denser stand of turf. And for the golfer, the result of verticutting is a surface which is immediately smoother, and with increased density and less lateral grain, a faster one.
With this cultural practice being used throughout the United States, one has to question if there is even a grain of truth to Johnny Miller’s frequent pronouncements that a course’s greens have grain.
|Verticutting units attach to our triplex mowers and replace the greens cutting units.|