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One of the most important aspects of growing healthy grass is guaranteeing that rainwater and fertilizer make it to the roots. That’s why removing thatch (mostly dead organic material) ensures that the grass seeds are getting all of the benefits of your hard work and care. Dethatching turf and grass is an essential strategy for professional ground care and it can transform suburban lawns as well.
At TurfTime Equipment, we build a wide range of elite grounds maintenance equipment primarily for groundskeepers at professional sports stadiums, golf courses, and more. However, dedicated homeowners with significant estates also turn to us for top-tier equipment. Learn more about why dethatching turf is necessary, how to do it, and see our specialized solution!
Unless you actively dethatch your grass, there is almost surely a thick layer of thatch choking it out. Thatch becomes clumped around the blades of grass as a result of dead grass not decomposing quickly enough, but instead getting pressed into a thick layer. Look closely at your grass and you’ll likely be able to see the dried clumps of brown, dead grass that compose thatch. While it may look fairly harmless, there are too many benefits of dethatching your lawn to ignore.
Experienced groundskeepers and horticultural scientists agree: the benefits of dethatching your turf can make a huge impact:
Dethatching your grass is a fairly simple process. Essentially, you need to drag a series of blades or spokes along the ground to pull up the loose but matted thatch. This should be done whenever you see the thatch forming around the base of the grass. For home lawns, dethatching your grass needs to be done about twice per year — whereas professional fields will require it more often.
If you have a very small amount of grass to dethatch, you can use a rake with metal spokes to do the job with reasonable efficiency. However, for any large area, that is going to take far too long to be practical. That’s why for homeowners and professionals looking to get the benefits of dethatching their lawn or turf, a dedicated verticutter meant for dethatching is key.
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Our verticutters are a piece of power equipment hauled behind a lawn tractor, designed specifically to provide extremely efficient dethatching. While almost ANY verticutter is better than trying to use a rake by hand, these are the traits that make our line the premier choice among professionals:
Carbide Tips Come Standard
All of our verticutters come with carbide tips on the blades. This means that they’ll be more efficient on day one and stay sharper for much longer.
Heavy-Duty Chain for the Rotor
When you’re shopping around for a verticutter and are comparing features, this is something you won’t want to overlook. All of our units come with a heavy-duty chain that drives the rotor for maximum durability. Other units often use a cheaper belt to drive the rotor, which then has the tendency to snap.
Welded Frame for Maximum Longevity
This is an advantage for all of our turf machinery — everything we build comes with a heavy-duty welded frame. Compared to bolted together frames that have the tendency to break apart after a few short years on the job, our equipment stays tough for decades.
Simple and Easy to Use
We know that securing the benefits of dethatching your lawn or grounds is just one of the many duties you undertake to keep your grounds healthy. That’s why our verticutters are designed to be easy and simple to use.
If you aren’t currently dethatching turf as part of your maintenance plan, we recommend you start today. This simple strategy will lead to better looking grounds this season and every season after. If you don’t have a verticutter or are looking to upgrade your current one, TurfTime is the brand to trust.
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