Vertical mowing

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1. The use of a device with blades that cut vertically into the turf canopy to sever lateral stems, thin grass and dethatch. Also known as verticutting.
2. The thinning of turfgrasses by blades or wire tines which cut perpendicular to the soil surface. Specifically designed to remove mat, thatch, and grain from putting greens; to thin dense turf.

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In this photograph the putting green is being verticut prior to winter overseeding.
Source: Ohio State University Turfgrass Program

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In this photograph a fairway verticut unit is being used to remove some of the thatch from the fairway.
Source: Ohio State University Turfgrass Program