How to Control Lawn Moss


Controlling lawn moss is essential, as lawn moss can quickly overtake a home lawn or garden. When lawn moss becomes overgrown, it absorbs necessary ingredients from the soil and causes fruits, vegetables and flowers to stop growing normally. Controlling moss in your lawn is a simple process that can be time consuming, as it requires both hand-removal as well as application of a moss-killing solution.

Step 1

Use your gardening gloves and begin hand-pulling moss from affected areas of your lawn, focusing on areas with highest moss concentration.

Step 2

Place moss into plastic bags or compost bin for removal.

Step 3

Pour 1 cup room temperature water in a spray bottle. Add 1/2 cup moss killer.

Step 4

From a distance of 6 inches, spray the affected areas in your lawn where moss growth has occurred. Be sure to saturate the areas of highest moss growth concentration.

Step 5

Leave to dry and check the area in 4 days to ensure that new growth has not occurred. If new growth has appeared, re-apply the moss killing solution directly to the area of new growth.

Step 6

Continue to re-apply the solution on an as-needed basis to ensure effective moss removal from your lawn and garden.

Things You'll Need

  • Moss killer solution (such as Rid-Moss, Moss-Kill, or other product)
  • Bottle with spray attachment
  • Gardening gloves
  • Trash bags


  • Washington State University: Controlling Moss
  • My Home Improvement Website: Moss Control and Removal
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