scarify

Definitions

Agriculture

  • verb to stir the surface of the soil with an implement with tines, e.g. a wire rake, but without turning the soil over. Lawns can be scarified to remove moss and matted grass.
  • verb to slit the outer coat of seed in order to speed up germination

Construction

  • To break up or scratch a surface such as earth or pavement.
  • To roughen a surface by sanding or other means to improve adhesion of paint.
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