Moss can really take away the look from your lawn leaving it spongey and wet looking! Moss loves to grow in moist and shaded areas. It can spread quickly to take over your lawn. We know moss produces spores during April and September. So to tackle the problem before it spreads follow these steps in early spring or late summer for a moss free lawn.
- Spread a chemical moss killer
- Remove existing moss
- Overseeding your lawn
At The Grass People we offer Feed, Weed & Mosskiller. This liquid is a combination of herbicide and moss killer. After spreading, the moss will die in approximately 2-3 weeks. Feed, Weed & Mosskiller will fertilise your grass giving it a great boost. It will also kill most common weeds such as dandelions and plantains over the same approximate 2-3 weeks.
After the moss has gone black and died it is time to remove it by scarifying the lawn. Depending on the size of your garden you may wish to scarify with a spring tine rake for smaller lawns or an automated scarifier for larger lawns. An automated scarifier can be bought or hired. It will remove more material at a quicker pace than by hand. When raking by hand aim to rake in the one direction, then at slightly different angles to extract the remaining moss. After scarifying you may notice patches in your lawn, this is just where the moss was. These patches just need a little overseeding.
Overseeding will fill in any bare patches in your garden from the moss removal and will fill out your grass. Consider what grass seed mixture you require. For families and pet owners we offer SUPERSTAR: Backlawn, for more ornamental looking lawns we have STATEMENT: Front Lawn or for shaded gardens we 2 seed mixtures: STEADFAST: Shade and SUPER STEADFAST: Ultra Shade.
Keeping Moss at Bay in the Long Term
- Regular aeration
- Test your soil’s acidity levels
- Let the light shine
- Watering your lawn
Moss growth is usually a symptom of compacted, poorly aerated soil. To fully alleviate moss in the long term it is advisable to regularly aerate your lawn paying particular attention to the areas it affects most.
Test your soil’s pH level, if it is below 6 it is acidic. Moss often sneaks in when your soil becomes to acidic and grass nutrients are low. Spreading agricultural lime will control the acidity of your soil.
Your lawn could well be restricted by the amount of shaded grass areas. Grass struggles to grow in areas of little sunlight whilst moss will thrive. Try to cut back large bushes or overhanging trees which are blocking the sun from shining on your grass. If this is not possible consider planting flowers and other plants that thrive in shaded areas to prevent moss from growing instead.
Moss loves moisture so water your lawn with care and avoid flooding the lawn. Try to avoid watering your lawn at night as it is cooler and the moisture may sit on the soil. If your lawn is naturally moist you should regularly aerate.