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Dethatching / Scalping Recovery

Aug 25, 2022 | News

Another great quality of Tahoma 31 is its ability to keep looking aesthetically pleasing while being used in high wear scenarios (golf courses, sports fields and even home lawns) even after scalping. Since Hybrid Bermuda is an aggressive type of grass, inevitably you are going to scalp the top of the grass at some point. Scalping will occur when your turf has become too dense, where it tends to become thick and spongy, or if you’ve missed a few mows and you need to take it down in height quickly.

What is different about Tahoma 31 however is even when you scalp it – it offers an extremely quick recovery timeline – often just a few days.

As a Couch / Bermuda lawn become too thick, you will see it plain as day in your mow, you’ll notice the lawn mower catching and filling very quickly, in some cases you’ll struggle getting even a few steps into your mow before the lawn mower stops altogether – when you think about doing a full yard full of thatch it is what nightmares are made of.

You’ll start to notice thatch on your lawn while walking on it, you will begin to feel a sponginess in every step. What’s different with Tahoma 31 however is that spongy feeling you might notice on the turf is actually from the canopy and stolons, and not from the stem, if you have thatch in the stem area you’re in for a lot of hard work. But, if you have a Tahoma 31 Hybrid Bermuda grass a less extreme measure can be used to dethatch, actually, it is quite easy compared to other varieties.

Instead of turning to an aggressive verticutter or hiring a costly dethatcher, you can simply lower your mower height below your normal cutting height to remove the canopy, as Tahoma 31 has much shorter nodes that are green throughout – the process of scalping is much less severe, and the recovery time is far less.

We would recommend that after you have dethatched or shaved your Tahoma 31 down, give it a light topdressing, this will help to ensure the quick and efficient recovery process and give the turf a few nutrients as it recovers.

We have noticed with other couch / Bermuda varieties, you will sometimes need to scarify in several different directions and verticut very aggressively. Even after doing this, you will find yourself having to dethatch your turf again in just a matter of weeks to keep it looking great. Along with the constant repetition of dethatching, you will notice the colour and recovery process of that turf begins to lag and it becomes incredibly frustrating.  With Tahoma 31 on the other hand, you will find not only a faster recovery, but you will also see a greater amount of time in between each height of cut resetting, often Tahoma 31 will only require one resetting each growing season.

Yes, Tahoma 31 will eventually scalp (just like every other type of Hybrid Bermuda), but it requires much less maintenance and a shorter timeline to recovery. Not only does this allow for more time to get to other pressing projects or family time, but it also allows you to schedule a canopy dethatching cut comfortably knowing that within a few days your Tahoma 31 will be looking great again. Let’s say you take the canopy off one Saturday, by the next weekend it’ll be  back to its deep green colour with no problem.

Contact your local Tahoma 31 grower now and ask them why they love it on their farm – you’ll find that it will be exactly the same reason you’ll love it at your place.



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