Most gardeners will have trouble with moss on their lawns at one time or the other. This unsightly problem is often a result of poor growing conditions. By improving the health of your lawn, moss can be kept under control.
You may have seen various types of moss growing on your or other lawns. Moss will appear as green or yellowish green tufts which are usually coarse or loose and come up between the grass. Often they are dense matted tufts. Moss will give the turf an uneven colour and surface and any loose moss will make the lawn feel spongy when walked on.
Moss can be a temporary problem, as a result of waterlogging or drought, or a more persistent problem which suggests something is not right with underlying conditions. For example if you have an established lawn it could be lacking in feed, sufficient aeration, poor drainage and shade. If you have a new lawn it could be down to poor site preparation.
You can remove loose moss in Autumn. This is done by raking the moss from the lawn or for a more vigorous raking then scarification is needed. This is often dependent upon the size of the lawn and amount of moss on the lawn. Scarification can be done by a lawn care professional who will use a mechanical scarifier.
There are various chemical control solutions for moss control. These are based on ferrous sulphate and will be applied in Spring time or early autumn. Ready-to-use formulations of ferrous can be used to spot treat small patches of moss on lawns. The moss will blacken after two to three weeks and then a raking will remove it. The removed moss can be composted, but it is not recommended to add to ‘green waste collection’.
You can apply moss killers by hand or with a spreader. Just be careful not to apply lawn sand at a high volume as this could blacken and eventually kill off the grass as well as the moss. It is best to apply moss killers in fine weather and a light watering after 48 hours if there has been no rain during that time. It is always best to check the manufacturer’s instructions on the pack!
Did you know that you can even get moss on artificial lawns? There are products that will help control moss on artificial turf. A regular brushing can also help keep your artificial lawn in good condition.
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