Verticutting warm season turf

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by ArTurf, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
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    If you verticut warm season grasses; bermuda, zoysia, St Aug & centipede what suggestions do you have? Timing, spacing of blades, clean up afterwards & etc.
     
  2. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    Spring for all. Wide space and unidirection for SA. Narrow and bidirectional for all others. Bagger cut or BG for clean up.
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  3. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
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    Thanks for the response and I understand everything you suggested. I was thinking along the same lines but just wanted confirmation from someone who has done this for a longer time than me.

    The only thing I was unsure of was "BG"?
     
  4. Patriot Services

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    Billy Goat lawn vac if you had one.
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  5. Skipster

    Skipster LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Why do you need to verticut? Is there a lot of thatch buildup? Are you planning on only a verticut (vertical mowing), or are your looking to dig down into the soil?

    If you don't have an absolute boatload of thatch to remove, why not just core aerate?
     
  6. Patriot Services

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    I sure he has sponge lawn. Especially with the Zoysia. SA usually isn't a thatch problem, but slicing the runners does wonders for thickening and fillins. Coring and topdress, fert can produce significant results
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  7. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
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    What Patriot said. On the SA lawns not so much thatch as slicing the runners to improve health. I've never done this except on zoysia but have been reading of the benefits to SA so it got me thinking of doing this on SA lawns.
     
  8. if st Aug needs to be verticut, proper cultural practices are not being followed. you do want some thatch. it blocks out weeds and helps protect stolons.

    now, bermuda and most varieties of zoysia SHOULD get verticut yearly, especially at low HOC.
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  9. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
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    On the St Aug I'm not really experiencing problems and I pretty sure my cultural practices are good. Not really trying to knock thatch but thinking it would just improve overall health. Always looking for something to learn and improve my lawns.

    Any experiences from those who have and do verticut St Aug or centipede I'll gladly listen to. I'm comfortable on Bermuda & zoysia with this.
     
  10. if there isn't much thatch i wouldn't verticut. it stresses the grass out initially so if it does need it i wouldn't do it. imo your better off core aerating.
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