Grooming, Verticutting, and Scarifying are three turf maintenance practices that are important when it comes to proper lawn care. It helps with root penetration and easy flow of air, water, and nutrients to the core for better root growth.
There tends to be a lot of confusion between the three practices, and what can be achieved by them.
Grooming is done to remove thatch in the upper layer of the grass to improve its condition. Thatch is a layer of living and dead compacted leaves, stems, roots, and other organic matter that is right under the grass you can visibly see.
Once the heavy thatching is removed, the plant is stimulated to develop new growth from the true plant crown. The lateral growth of the turf is minimised, and the new growth is more vertical. This ultimately redesigns the turf canopy, opening it to allow for improved water penetration, soil gas exchange, and a drier environment, reducing the likelihood of leaf disease.
The Protea Groomer Reel is fitted with a 1.6mm Star-shaped blade (13 cutting edges), made of specially hardened and tempered spring steel.
Verticutting, also known as vertislitting, is ideal for keeping compaction under control and is especially effective in splitting grassroots to aid fertilisation and growth.
The verticutter blades cut straight lines into your lawn. The depth of these lines is variable and a by-product of the slicing action is dethatching to a lesser degree than the groomer. The predominant action however is the decompaction of the soil.
The Protea Verticut Reel is fitted with thin, straight, rectangular blades, made from hardened spring steel. They can cut up to a depth of 25 – 30mm. This is below the root level of the grass.
Scarification is an important lawn treatment that is generally performed in spring. It is necessary not only on greens but on any lawn where there has been a constant build-up of thatch, which will make the grounds spongy. It is also known as “dethatching” or “power raking”.
Protea Turf Equipment Offers a choice of 2 different scarifying reels: the blade type scarifying reel or the pin type scarifying reel.
The Scarifying blades are almost identical to the Verticut blades, but the ends are offset or bent. They are made of specially hardened and tempered spring steel.
The blade-type scarifier is great for dethatching and breaking up compaction, thus promoting healthy growth. It must be said, that the blade type scarifying reel is less aggressive than the Pin Type Scarifying Reel.
The Pin Type Scarifying Reel features up to 190 hardened concrete nails that are extremely wear-resistant.
The Pin Type Scarifying Reel is designed for the total removal of turf on any playing surface. It is therefore great for removing diseased grass or even if you wish to eliminate your current lawn to plant an alternative grass type.