Greens as well go through the same cycle this time of year, where all of the energy reserves they have stored through the winter, and spring fertilization transfers into rapid growth. There are many tricks and tools to try to keep greens speed desirable and consistent from green to green, which go beyond just mowing and rolling. Whether it is the use of growth regulators, fertilizing techniques, wetting agents, regulating overhead watering, or vertical mowing and topdressing. Balancing these processes varies from golf course to course, and as well each individual greens requirements on that course.
Vertical mowing is done for the following reasons;
- Remove excessive leaf growth that contributes to puffy, spongy surface conditions.
- Improve mowing quality and surface smoothness.
- Cut laterally growing stolons and promote an upright growth habit.
- Open grooves in the turf canopy for the incorporation of sand topdressing.
This process is done frequently in the spring time as the grass on greens is very dense and actively growing. Periodically through the season we will vertical cut as needed. Vertical cutting is also preformed on our tees and fairways.
Below are a few pictures of this process
|Close up of a vertical cutting reel|
|#4 Green vertical cut before cleaning|
|#4 Green Collar|
|Green cleaned up after being vertical cut|
|Dragging in Topdressing sand|