ALLETT HOMEOWNER CARTRIDGE SYSTEM - ACHIEVE YOUR DREAM LAWN
Here at Allett we are more than just about mowing. To achieve the perfectly health green striped lawn you need to do other tasks. We designed a cartridge system to allow you to use just one machine for many lawn tasks saving you thousands of pounds and room in your shed! We also wanted a lawn care system that was chemical free, environmentally friendly and helped you get rid of thatch without the manual hard work. We have the same system in our PRO RANGE machines so you can achieve that premier league pitch look in your home garden. The two machines that take ALL of the cartridges in our range are as follows; the Kensington Range machines and the Liberty 43 battery powered mower. First things first, what is thatch? Thatch is an organic layer in your lawn consisting of dead, dying and living roots, stems and leaves which is between the layer of grown grass and the soil below. You can often tell that your lawn has a high volume of thatch if your lawn has a spongy feeling to it when you stand or walk on it. The thatch layer usually forms when the organic matter which has failed to break down in the soil builds up beneath the grass plant. This layer can then prevent water, air and nutrients from reaching the roots of your lawn. This is usually something which happens when the turf develops organic debris faster than it can be broken down. It can also consist of leaves that have decayed into your grass. Having a small amount of thatch can be a good thing- we suggest about a quarter of an inch. A smaller layer of thatch can protect the crown of the grass plant from disease- anymore than this and you will start to see serious issues. So now we know what thatch is but not why it can be bad for the health of your lawn. Well, we’ve touched on this briefly already but to go into more detail, as thatch thickens it will begin to prevent your lawn from getting the air, water and nutrients it needs to grow. Water carries oxygen and nutrients into the soil to the grass roots. When the thatch levels are too thick this water cannot pass through and therefore the grass is starved. This reduced flow of water can cause major issues in wet conditions where the water cannot drain through the soil. It can also cause a build up of moss and fungal diseases which thrive in damp conditions aswell as causing issues in dry conditions where the thatch stops the grass plant receiving water. If you put fertiliser on your lawn it will just sit on top of the thatch layer and not pass through. Thatch can also harbour weeds. Here's a bit of information on each of our cartridges and what they are designed for... scarifying here 2. Dethatcher Cartridge This is a very aggressive cartridge that penetrates the surface to a maximum of 6mm. The tines are thicker and wider spaced than the scarifier cartridge. This cartridge is used on lawns that are in serious disarray and removes the deepest layers of thatch. This cartridge works by rigorously penetrating the soil’s surface in order to pick up and remove layers of thatch such as dead grass and leaves, plant stolons and weed growth. Lawns grow healthier, thicker and more luscious once this has been removed as it its less susceptible to disease. Lawns that are more susceptible to disease encourage moss growth which should be avoided. This cartridge would be used once or twice a season on seriously thatch lawns- it's not a cartridge you would use often as you would probably need to topdress your lawn after. 3. Verticut Cartridge The Verticutter cartridge is a popular cartridge in the Allett range.Thin and closely spaced blades effectively lift lateral growth and remove moss which helps encourage tillering and new growth. The blades of the Verticut cartridge help pick up flat lying grasses that your cylinder would otherwise miss. Verticutting can be carried out on a more frequent basis, and is the perfect way to keep on top of your thatch level in between your yearly scarification. A small amount of thatch can be healthy for your lawn, but anything over half an inch needs to be removed as it prevents the healthy growth process. Generally the verticut cartridge removes twice as much material as the scarifier cartridge. The aims of verticutting-
- To prune the grasses to improve tillering and stolon formation. This increases turf density
- To control thatch. The verticut cartridge blades are designed to be used above the thatch layer to remove dead and dying grass plants that will ultimately contribute to the thatch layer.
- To produce an upright grass prior to mowing to give a cleaner more consistent cut.
- As a method of controlling weeds and weed grasses without using harmful chemicals
- Verticutting will also help remove annual meadow grass seed heads and promote finer grasses, such as bent and fescue.