Scarify

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1. The process of loosening the surface of the ground in preparation for seeding, sprigging or sodding; sometimes performed on subsoil before the installation of topsoil to promote the drainage of water downward between layers; term is also used to describe the chemical or mechanical scratching of the seed coat (typical of zoysiagrass) to improve germination.

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Turf that's been scarified for improved air and water movement.
Source: http://www.kensettsports.com/why_scarify.cfm