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Verti-draining Guide

Verti-draining Guide

Aeration is a crucial process for the proper maintenance of turfed areas. While there are multiple methods of turf aeration — deep-tine aeration, core aeration, linear aeration, air injection — deep-tine aeration is the most common and is used to preserve golf courses, football pitches and turfed grounds across the country. 

To keep your turfed area in top condition, make sure you organise professional aeration. In this article, we’ll explain what verti-draining is and why it’s so important.

What is verti-draining?

Verti-draining is a type of aeration carried out using specialist machinery. It works by using tines of various diameters to create equally spaced holes in the turf. Typically these holes are around 8-12 inches deep. This reduces deep seated compaction and keeps the turf healthy by creating a deeper, aerated and free-draining soil profile. It enables water, oxygen and nutrients to filter through the ground and reach plant roots, and it helps the turf drain better during wet weather.

Why should you verti-drain?

Verti-draining is a great way to ensure your turf remains healthy and functional for years to come. There are many benefits to this process, including:

  • Relieves compaction of soil
  • Assists with drainage
  • Reduces waterlogging
  • Promotes healthy growth
  • Enables water absorption from the surface to the drainage system
  • Improves drying time of the turf
  • Improves and maintains soil structure
  • Improves the quality of the playing surface
  • Improves surface durability and recovery from damage

Where can it be used?

Verti-draining can be used on a variety of turfed areas. This includes all types of turfed golf courses, football pitches, cricket pitches and more.

When is the best time of year to verti-drain?

The best time of year to carry out verti-draining is during the wetter periods, most commonly in October/November. Verti-draining should be carried out once or twice a year, depending on how heavily the surface is used.


ATB provides verti-draining to clients across Hertfordshire. We possess a wide range of specialist equipment perfect for carrying out the task. Whether you need verti-draining for a golf course, sports pitches or any other turfed area, our services will ensure it remains in great condition all year round.

Contact our team today to find out how we can help you.



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