How to Get Rid of Moss on Your Lawn


Spring is in the air after a long, wet fall and winter. You walk outside to check on your long dormant lawn to discover bright green patches of...moss. Lawn moss is a hardy lichen that thrives in areas where grass has thinned or died. Removing the moss requires diligence and exceptional lawn care, as well as a good rake.

Step 1

Dilute the copper-based moss removing chemical according to the manufacturer's instructions and pressurize the spray bottle.

Step 2

Spray the entire moss-covered area lightly with the spray. Avoid spraying too heavily as the spray will stain the soil. Wait two weeks for the moss to completely dry up and die.

Step 3

Rake up the dead moss, being careful to avoid dragging it over the ground as this will spread the spores and cause more moss to form.

Step 4

Spread a thick coating of grass seed over the areas that were filled with moss. Moss cannot re-grow where there is thick grass.

Step 5

Water your lawn thoroughly and fertilize it monthly to ensure it is lush enough to keep the moss away.

Things You'll Need

  • Copper-based moss removing chemicals
  • 20-gallon pressurized spray bottle
  • Rake
  • Grass seed


  • Washington State University: Moss Control in Lawns
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