Moss in lawn - simple steps to remove it

Moss in lawn

Some have an emerald green lawn without doing much more than mowing the lawn and fertilizing at some point a year.

Others have major problems with both weeds and moss in lawn, although they spend time and money on their lawn.

Moss loves moist and shade

If you have a lawn that is constantly moist and shady, it provides a favorable environment for moss growth. If you're not providing enough fertilizer, and have a low pH, the moss will like it better than the grass does.

There are special moss control chemicals that kills the moss in lawn without damaging the grass, these are effective but work best if you also eliminate the causes of why moss thrives. The use of moss aerators or raking out the moss is not very effective, since you run a risk of instead spreading the moss wider on the lawn.

Create a moss free lawn

The difference between two lawns often lies in the soil's structure, all lawns can not be handled exactly the same.

The first thing you should do is to improve soil drainage so the soil dries up somewhat. This can be done with a vertical cutter, cutting tracks in the grass so it comes down air to the roots.

Then topdress the lawn by sweeping the sand down into the grooves. Fertilize the lawn with a nitrogen-rich complete fertilizer. Fertilization should then be repeated four times per season to keep the lawn green and moss free.

Check the pH of the soil if you suspect that it is low. A suitable pH is 6-7, add lime if the pH is lower than 6.

Three steps to a green lawn without moss

  • Improve the drainage by using a vertical cutter
  • Topdress the lawn with sand in the cut grooves
  • Fertilize four times per year

Put a little extra effort into lawn care and you'll be able to get rid off your moss in lawn. It is possible to change the moss-overgrown lawn to one that makes the neighbours jealous.


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