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scar·i·fy

(skar'i-fī), This word has no relation, etymologically or semantically, to scar.
To produce scarification.

scarify

(skăr′ə-fī′)
tr.v. scari·fied, scari·fying, scari·fies
1.
a. To make shallow cuts in (the skin), as when vaccinating.
b. To create a design on (the skin) by means of shallow cuts that are sometimes rubbed with a colorant or irritant to enhance the resulting scar tissue.
2. To break up the surface of (topsoil or pavement).
3. To distress deeply, as with severe criticism; lacerate.
4. Botany To slit or soften the outer coat of (seeds) in order to speed germination.

scar′i·fi·ca′tion (-fĭ-kā′shən) n.
scar′i·fi′er n.

scarify

[sker′əfī]
Etymology: L, scarifare
to make multiple superficial incisions into the skin; to scratch. Vaccination against smallpox is achieved by scarifying the skin under a drop of vaccine. See also scarification.

scar·i·fy

(skahr'i-fī)
To produce scarification by cutting the skin.

scarify,

v to make multiple superficial incisions into the skin.
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If you have loads of moss it's worthwhile applying a moss killer before you scarify and wait a few days before raking it up.
Every year I scarify and apply fertiliser, weed killer and moss killer in the spring.
I recommend moss killer in early autumn and then scarify a couple of weeks later after the moss has gone black and died.
Give yourself a bit of a work-out and scarify the lawn.
If moss is a problem on your lawn, get rid of it with a combined fertiliser and moss killer and later on lightly scarify the grass with a rake to remove old debris.
The best way to solve this problem is to scarify, or "scratch" the lawn and, unless you have a huge expanse, it's easy to do by hand.
You will need to cut it shorter than during the drought to scarify it, which means removing all the old debris and rotting vegetation between the blades of the grass.
Work includes: 2407 SY of Scarify, Cement Treat, and Recompact Existing Pavement; 401 CY of TxDOT Item 247 Crushed Stone Base Course; 2407 SY of HMAC Type D Surface Course.
Don't cut it too short, but you will find you need to cut it somewhat shorter than during the drought periods because of the need to scarify it.
Alternatively, you could use a wire-tined rake and scarify by hand.