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Florida Gardener
12-17-2012, 08:49 PM
Bluebird from HD tool rental. $394. Looks barely used, has the Honda 5.5hp motor. The guy here said in the 8 months he's been there, it was rented one time. Brand new they are around $1500-$1700 or so. Next purchase is topdresser.
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Landscape Poet
12-17-2012, 09:27 PM
Bluebird from HD tool rental. $394. Looks barely used, has the Honda 5.5hp motor. The guy here said in the 8 months he's been there, it was rented one time. Brand new they are around $1500-$1700 or so. Next purchase is topdresser.
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Yep, the verticutter that I rent - I am the only person who has ever rented it so I do not doubt it. Two years ago the local HD had a sod cutter for $700 with 8 hours on it, just got new ones in to rent and were told to sell the old. Amazing the deals you can pick up at the rental stores from time to time.

Florida Gardener
12-17-2012, 09:50 PM
Yep, the verticutter that I rent - I am the only person who has ever rented it so I do not doubt it. Two years ago the local HD had a sod cutter for $700 with 8 hours on it, just got new ones in to rent and were told to sell the old. Amazing the deals you can pick up at the rental stores from time to time.

Wow, $700 is freaking amazing....yea, the place that does my reels told me to look at HD for the verticutter and low and behold the one by me had it and for sale.
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ArTurf
12-18-2012, 07:15 AM
Is this a S22 slice seeder that can be used as a verticutter? Looking at Bluebird's website it doesn't show a dedicated verticutter.

Florida Gardener
12-18-2012, 08:14 AM
Is this a S22 slice seeder that can be used as a verticutter? Looking at Bluebird's website it doesn't show a dedicated verticutter.

No, the 18 and it has the Verticutting blades.
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Landscape Poet
12-18-2012, 07:28 PM
No, the 18 and it has the Verticutting blades.
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I am not sure about the blue bird but on the billy goat - the verticutter and slit seeder blades are identical except the spacing is not nearly close on the blades for the verticutter, and my impression is that they can be moved or changed.

Florida Gardener
12-18-2012, 07:41 PM
I am not sure about the blue bird but on the billy goat - the verticutter and slit seeder blades are identical except the spacing is not nearly close on the blades for the verticutter, and my impression is that they can be moved or changed.

The seeder and verticutter for the bluebird are 2 different machines....
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Florida Gardener
12-18-2012, 08:00 PM
http://www.bluebirdintl.com/node4139.aspx?pid=243629
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ArTurf
02-02-2013, 07:47 PM
Since you are in Florida I assume you are verti cutting St Aug? If so when do you do this and how do you go about it?

Florida Gardener
02-02-2013, 09:05 PM
Since you are in Florida I assume you are verti cutting St Aug? If so when do you do this and how do you go about it?

Moreso sports turf...but it should be done during active growing season.
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Patriot Services
02-02-2013, 09:13 PM
Moreso sports turf...but it should be done during active growing season.
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With a much wider spacing too.
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Landscape Poet
02-03-2013, 11:35 AM
With a much wider spacing too.
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On SA , FL landscapes recommended to me only one direction/pass. I would say this is very solid advice for SA as it does put it under stress with just one direction. I would assume two directions would result in turf loss in many circumstances.

fl-landscapes
02-03-2013, 12:59 PM
On SA , FL landscapes recommended to me only one direction/pass. I would say this is very solid advice for SA as it does put it under stress with just one direction. I would assume two directions would result in turf loss in many circumstances.


Below is an article from the university of Florida, among other thing note they say verticut in a north south OR east west direction

Thatch Removal
Thatch is the layer of undecomposed leaf blades, stolons, roots, and crowns intermingled with soil (Figure 14). Leaving mowing clippings on the lawn does not cause thatch because clippings are readily broken down by microbes in the soil. Thatch development is greatest in grass that is overfertilized or overwatered. An excessive thatch layer reduces water penetration and can bind up fertilizer or pesticides. In severe cases, roots may be seen actually growing aboveground and rooting into the thatch layer. This is a very unhealthy condition and leaves the lawn vulnerable to many stresses.

Figure 14.* Thatch layers can develop in St. Augustinegrass, especially when fertilization or irrigation rates are high.
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If the thatch layer exceeds 1 inch, it may be removed by vertical mowing, or "verticutting," in early spring to midsummer. Verticutting uses vertical blades that slice through the thatch and slightly into the soil, resulting in much of the dead material being removed from the top of the lawn. A 3-inch spacing between the dethatching blades is best for St. Augustinegrass. Caution: Vertical mowing may result in damaged turf that requires a period of recuperation. Do not attempt vertical mowing unless the grass is actively growing. Verticut should be done in an east to west or north to south pattern, but not in all four directions. Debris should be removed by raking, sweeping, or vacuuming, followed by a conventional mowing to improve turf appearance and immediate irrigation to prevent root zone dehydration. One week after vertical mowing, fertilizer should be applied at the rate of 1 pound of nitrogen per 1000 square feet to encourage recovery. This material must be watered into the soil immediately following application to prevent plant burn. Periodic topdressing (adding a uniform layer of soil on top of the grass) with ¼ inch of soil similar to that underlying the turf is the best method to alleviate thatch accumulation; however, the physical labor required limits the practicality of this method for most homeowners. If topdressing, be sure to use soil that is free of weed seeds and nematodes and be careful not to exceed recommended topdressing rates, as this encourages large (brown) patch disease.