Your home's lawn is a large part of your property and therefore should look its best. When dead grass and debris build up on your lawn, it can wreak havoc on your grass and kill it, preventing it from looking its best and reaching its full potential.

Removing thatch with verticutting is a necessary and important step in your lawn care routine to keep your grass healthy and green all year long. If you live in Palm Beach, Jupiter, Manalapan, or the surrounding areas, it's time to consider how your lawn can benefit from verticutting.

What Is Verticutting?

Verticutting, also known as vertical mowing, is a process that removes thatch buildup from your lawn. Thatch is a layer of dead grass, debris, and roots, that builds up over time between your lawn's soil and grass, and if it's not removed thatch can destroy your lawn. Verticutting is essential to your lawn's health and visual appeal.

How Does Verticutting Work?

This lawn in Jupiter, FL is being verticut to remove thatch buildup.

Verticutting simply removes thatch buildup from your lawn by pulling up the layer of dead mass that accumulates beneath your grass. Verticutting can be done by using a rake with tines or even a dethatching machine, however, these methods are not practical and can damage your lawn if you're not careful.

A verticutter, or vertical mower, is the safest and most efficient way to remove thatch from your lawn without damaging it. Verticutting uses a machine much like a lawn mower, except it has many vertical blades instead of one horizontal blade. These vertical blades cut down into the thatch without damaging the healthy grass, and breaks up the dead layer of thatch, bringing it to the surface for easy collection and removal from your lawn.

How Does Verticutting Benefit Your Grass?

Over time, thatch can thicken into a mat that promotes disease and insects while preventing moisture from getting to the roots of your grass. Thatch kills your lawn, therefore it's paramount that you have a professional company such as Greenscape Design remove it before it kills your grass.

Verticutting has many benefits that promote a greener, healthier lawn. Removing thatch with verticutting helps your lawn breathe easier, absorb proper nutrition, and get the moisture it needs to grow and thrive. Verticutting gives your lawn a fresh start before the growing season and prepares it for overseeding or core aeration.

Verticutting also promotes upright blade growth by removing the heavy layer of thatch that weighs it down, thus improving mow quality and surface smoothness.

When Should You Verticut and How Often?

Verticutting can be done any time and however often you prefer, however, there are certain times when verticutting is best. If your lawn feels spongy when you walk across it, then you have thatch buildup that needs to be removed. We recommend verticutting services for your lawn once a year in the spring or summer, to remove thatch before the growing season. Certain types of grass in our area such as zoysia and bermudagrass need to be verticut annually each summer. Verticutting is often followed up by overseeding and can accompany core aeration to allow more air, water, and nutrients to penetrate deeply into your lawn's soil.

Ready to get your lawn verticut?

If you're ready to have thatch buildup removed from your lawn with verticutting, give us a call today at (561) 968-3243 to schedule a free consultation. We have been serving Palm Beach, Jupiter, Manalapan, and the surrounding areas since 1985, and we'd love to help your lawn look its very best all year long!