Thursday, 8 October 2009


In what has been an extremely busy week for Josh, he has also verticut the main quadrangle lawn, the show piece of the college lawns. Verticutting is a very similar process to scarification, but much less harsh.

The verticutting blades are much closer together than the scarifier blades, and with his trusty companion Dennis, he just changes Dennis' cylinder depending on what he is doing. The blades do not engage the soil, instead, passing through the grass swards cutting off horizontal shoots of stubborn long grasses. The lawn does not need to be over seeded and top dressed, but has a similar result to scarifying allowing water and nutrients to reach the grass roots.

The debris from scarification and verticutting is collected and added to the compost heaps. This bag of debris was from just half of the main quadrangle.

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