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Verticutting benefits all grasses
The dominant grass in central and So. Florida is St. Augustine. The excessive top growth, along with the accumulation of thatch creates many problems. Also creating mowing problems.
All grasses accumulate thatch, see thatch in different varieties below.
The accumulation of thatch reduces the ability of water, pesticides, and fertilizers to penetrate the root system. A strong healthy lawn needs deep root systems. All types of grasses accumulate thatch. Thatch is not caused by grasses clippings.
Other contributions to health problems?
Grasses such as bermuda are most common for use on golf greens and fairways. They are constructed differently and do require aeration and verticutting more that once a year.
By Larry Jones, Jacobsen, A Textron Company
There is a missing link in many lawn care programs — an underutilized cultural practice that boosts turf health and, potentially, your bottom line. Vertical mowing is a healthy habit and a beneficial component of an annual turf care routine. Simply put, vertical mowing encourages turf to take its vitamins.
The practice turns up thatch and opens the turf canopy so it can drink up nutrients and water, and clear out room for fresh growth. Verticutting is an energy boost, setting the stage for green-up in spring and preparing turf for overseeding in fall ( northern lawns ). And most turf varieties appreciate verticutting — the vigorous mowing isn't limited to sports turf or commercial properties.
Verticutters, on the other hand, dig deeper into the turf canopy and penetrate the crown area of the plant, possibly below, severing stolons and stems. While groomers are designed to condition or stimulate new growth, verticutters are more rigorous and remove thatch. When a verticutter passes over a section of turf, results are visible.
Never waste your money on aeration of St. Augustine grasses.
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