How to Kill Moss on a Lawn Naturally


Lawn moss can be troublesome for lawns and gardens. The quick-growing moss easily spreads and draws nutrients from the soil and other plants, shrubs and flowers. When growing vegetables, fruits and flowers, you need to rid your lawn and garden of overgrown moss. Killing lawn moss with natural ingredients found in the home is a simple process that does not require specialized products or skills.

Step 1

Pull moss out by hand, starting with the areas of highest moss concentration. Wear gardening gloves while removing it. Place it into plastic trash bags for disposal.

Step 2

Fill a spray bottle with 1 cup water and 1 cup white vinegar. Shake well.

Step 3

From a distance of 6 inches, spray areas where moss has been growing with the vinegar solution. Saturate those areas with the solution.

Step 4

Allow each area to dry, without rinsing it off. When the area has dried, spread old newspaper over it. Weigh down the newspaper with bricks or other weights.

Step 5

Leave the newspaper in place for two weeks. After two weeks, the moss should be completely eliminated from your lawn. If you notice new moss growing, re-apply vinegar solution and re-cover with newspaper until moss no longer appears.

Things You'll Need

  • Trash bags
  • Gardening gloves
  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • Newspaper
  • Bricks (or weights)


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