Verticutting is the process of removing thatch buildup. Thatch is a combination of dead stems and roots that form between the blades of healthy turf. Verticutting helps get oxygen down to the turf canopy and makes your turf grow taller, retain moisture and absorb more nutrients. It allows sports field turf  to absorb nutrients and moisture more efficiently by ensuring that all the moisture is absorbed. 


A little thatch is necessary because it provides cushioning and reduces compression in high-traffic areas. However, too much thatch can become a big problem for your field as it absorbs the air, water, and food that should be going to the younger turf.


Verticutting can only be used on warm-season grasses. The best time of the year to Verticut your athletic field is during fall. If you apply the technique during this season, by the time spring arrives, your grass will be healthier and stronger than ever. When done in combination with other techniques such as aerating and dethatching you’ll achieve an even better field. Through our experience these steps produce one of the best results especially for someone looking to rejuvenate an existing athletic field or fairway.

Aerification and Verticutting with Clean Up

Verticutting vs. Dethatching

Dethatching is not as precise as Verticutting. It goes down into the soil and if not done carefully it can easily damage healthy blades of grass so it’s best done sparingly when your thatch gets too thick. 


Meanwhile, Verticutting is a much more accurate and benign process. It is capable of quickly and easily breaking up thatch, bringing it to the top where it can be easily collected and removed. This technique causes little to no damage to the healthy blades of grass that make up the turf.


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