Athletic Field Services
Sport Turf Supply, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Sport Turf
Vertical mowing is a healthy habit and a beneficial
component of an annual turf care routine. 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. The verticutter utilizes the process of rotating vertical
blades which penetrate deep into the crown area of the
plant and possibly below, severing stolons and stems. This
generally provides an effective means of reducing or
The heavy cleanup on a sports field will generally
require the services of a turf vacuum to collect the
residual debris. This step is critical to ensure that
what is left behind does not compact into the soil
and reverse verticutting benefits. Removing
debris and opening the turf canopy also reduces
humidity, promotes drying and reduces the
opportunity for disease development.
Sure, verticutting can be dirty work. But the benefits are worth the cleanup — and recovery is minimal if you
perform the process properly and utilize the right equipment for the job. Vertical mowing can benefit both active
growing and aggressive turf by promoting superior turf performance and persistence.