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#1 Joey76

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 06:02 AM

Not sure to put this thread but here goes.


A course I play on has vertical cut the greens 3 weeks ago... since then the greens are spongey and terrible and havent almost died in some areas.


All other golf courses I have played on have only ever aerated their greens and within a feww weeks they are as good as new.


Just wondering if anyone has their course do this procedure.


For those who dont know like myself until I saw it.... it is basically a machine that goes over the green and cuts lines around half an inch apart vertically in the green... as in through the surface....


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#2 HoldTheLag

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 06:58 AM

I've only seen stuff like that  done to really parched fairways (along with aeration). Can't imagine it being done to greens!

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 08:01 AM

They did it at my course. Now I have to read contours, holes and furrows. Kind of like the grooves they cut in the pavement.
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Posted 08 May 2013 - 09:44 AM

Definitely something that remains noticeable after the fact:
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Posted 08 May 2013 - 09:51 AM

It's done (typically on Bermuda greens)  to remove thatch buildup.  Allows moisture to get down to the root zone and while temporarily annoying, should result in better/healthier greens.


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:08 AM

View Postteejaywhy, on 08 May 2013 - 09:51 AM, said:

It's done (typically on Bermuda greens)  to remove thatch buildup.  Allows moisture to get down to the root zone and while temporarily annoying, should result in better/healthier greens.

Our are bentgrass. They do it every year, though, and doesn't seem to cause any harm other than temporary inconvenience. Greens are usually good here.
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Posted 08 May 2013 - 11:24 AM

We used to verticut our greens every year and it worked.  They were bermuda.  Now that we've switched to bent - no more verticuting.  It was a mess for a week to ten days.  But it definately helped things out.
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Posted 08 May 2013 - 11:32 AM

View PostJoey76, on 08 May 2013 - 06:02 AM, said:

Not sure to put this thread but here goes.


A course I play on has vertical cut the greens 3 weeks ago... since then the greens are spongey and terrible and havent almost died in some areas.


All other golf courses I have played on have only ever aerated their greens and within a feww weeks they are as good as new.


Just wondering if anyone has their course do this procedure.


For those who dont know like myself until I saw it.... it is basically a machine that goes over the green and cuts lines around half an inch apart vertically in the green... as in through the surface....

Vertically cutting greens or thatching improves the surface; but using it depends on subsurface conditions, turf itself, and overall goal for the greens.
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Posted 08 May 2013 - 01:34 PM

Decent little blog I found: http://hrgcturf.blog...ing-greens.html

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 01:43 PM

I verticut greens for a summer, made them a lot quicker. We didn't cut them as deep as the picture above.

It was great for getting the thatch out.


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 08:03 PM

Greens should be mowed and  followed up with a light top dressing and watered in a bit. Mow and roll them the next day. If done correctly greens should be back to normal in 2-3 days. On bent or POA greens anyway.

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 08:10 PM

They do this  to the greens at the club where I work. It gets rid of thatch gets air and moisture to roots hopefully resulting in healthier and stronger greens. Its a necessary evil if you will. Should be done, but should be good once things heal. Just like aerating.
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