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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.
If the lawn is very moss-ridden, you can apply a moss killer before scarification - and do make sure that the moss is killed thoroughly before you start to scarify.
One September routine for all lawns is to scarify first, then spike any compacted areas.
As the weather warms up, rake and scarify lawns to remove debris including moss.
If you have a moss problem, use a moss killer before you scarify, so that you don't spread it around.
l Scarify the lawn to remove dead moss and grass and spike the soil if it is compacted.
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.
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.