How to Eliminate Moss From the Lawn

Overview

Moss can give a garden a wonderful and almost fairytale-like feel. But it isn't always welcome. If you are trying to maintain a lush and healthy lawn, moss is not something you want growing between the blades. It is also a sign of other issues below the surface that you need to address. Finding the cause of the moss will help you cure your yard of the soft, spongy carpet.

Step 1

Rake the moss area to remove the bulk of the moss. Break up the moss with the rake and dispose of it. Either put it in garbage bags for curb pickup or put it in a compost pile or wooded area.

Step 2

Water the lawn less often in the area where the moss is growing. Moss grows in damp shady areas. To stop its growth, you need to change the conditions. Think about removing some of the shade as well. You can do this by trimming out tree branches, trimming back large shrubs or even having a tree removed.

Step 3

Check the ph level of the soil. Moss grows in soil lacking acid and is generally low in nitrogen as well. Add fertilizer with nitrogen to increase the growth of healthy grass that will choke out moss.

Step 4

Loosen soil by aerating it. This will also encourage grass growth. Rent an aerator to do this, or pay a landscaper to do it for you.

Step 5

Spray an herbicide that kills moss. This will remove the problem for the time being, but you will need to change the conditions of the yard to keep it from coming back.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Garbage bags
  • Fertilizer
  • Aerator
  • Herbicide

References

  • Washington State University Extension: Pesticide-Free Techniques for Dealing with a Mossy Lawn
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