Why do we do it?
Lawns become soft and spongy over a period of time mainly due to over watering, over fertilising, returning clippings to turf (cutting without a catcher), cutting fine lawns with a rotary mower, cutting the lawns too high and not cutting them enough.
This causes a build-up of thatch (excess stems runner, roots and organic matter such as uncaught cuttings) which prevents the penetration of water and nutrients into the soil.
This thatch must be removed to allow the lawn to set its roots into the soil rather than into the thatch layer.
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When do we do it?
Vertimowing is done any time during the growing season of the lawn. Generally, springtime because spring is the start of the growing season and therefore the lawn will regrow very quickly to give you a lush green lawn for the rest of the growing period (summer).
What happens if we don’t do it?
Lawns never look their best if they are spongy. They will develop dry patches, they will burn and you will never be happy with the finished look.
What happens when it has been done?
The vertimowing process involves the removal of the thatch with the use of a machine which has a series of blades rotating vertically ripping the thatch out of the lawn. During this process, all of the green material is removed from the lawn leaving the area free of all growth.
The roots and runners still remain in the soil and because during the process the soil has been aerated, the lawn will regrow quickly.
Generally, it is covered again within three or four weeks.
Thatch is a mat of roots, stems and grass clippings between the soil and the visible green vegetation. It prevents the penetration of oxygen, fertilisers and water into the soil. Every time the lawn is mowed more thatch can build up. It also creates a breeding ground for fungus and insects that destroy lawns.
Vertimowing removes the thatch buildup allowing oxygen, water and nutrients to get to the root system.
Vertimow in Spring before you fertilise, then watch your lawn grown health, more beautiful than ever!