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How to Get Rid of Moss


About moss

Moss are small flowerless plants that start as spores and have no roots. It usually grows in shady, damp places. They spread like carpets or round cushions, and are most commonly found in forests. Moss growing in gardens is an indicator of poor landscaping conditions. Although moss is harmless, it does take over the whole garden leaving no space for any other grass or greenery to grow. These spores grow when soil ph level is acidic, damp soil due to poor drainage, lacks essential nutrients in the soil and the garden must be too shady.


  1. Preventing moss growth

SOIL PH LEVEL & NUTRIENTS: Make sure to use kits to check the PH level of the soil. If the soil is acidic, the PH needs to be more at a neutral level. Use appropriate products to lower its acidity. In addition, fertilize your soil with the right amount of nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. The right kind of nutrients and fertilizer help the healthy turf grass to grow rather than allowing space for the moss to grow.

AERATING AND DETHATCHING: Thatch and lack of aeration makes the environment suitable for moss growth. Make sure to dethatch the lawn and allow space for air circulation and oxygen to pass through the lawn.

AVOID SHADY AREAS: Cut of the branches shorter to shed more sunlight and grow more trees that are grass friendly. For example, trees like ST Augustine that provide shade but are grass friendly, it allows more grass to grow rather than moss.

WATERING THE GRASS: Water the lawn for just right amount of time. Don’t water it too much or too little and keep a proper drainage system for water to get drained quickly. Damp soil will make it easier for moss to grow.  

DAMAGE CONTROL: Make sure the lawn grass is mowed properly and avoid leaving any space on the surface. Makes sure to eradicate insects and fix any other kind of damage. Avoid trimming the grass too short.

  1. Removing moss

Use a rake or mower with proper blade to remove all the moss and spores. To ensure the moss does not grow back. Apply Ferrous Sulfate and potassium fatty acids. Such applications will help prevent re- growth of the spores. After removal the dead moss can be used as compost and added along with fertilizers. Rake the moss excessively, this procedure is called Scarification. Mechanical scarifiers can also be used for larger size gardens. This procedure is usually carried out during autumn season.

  1. Redoing your lawn

Once all the moss has been removed, plant grass on all the empty spaces. Make sure to learn about the type of grass and plantation of seeds before using them on the lawn. Mow the lawn properly and provide plenty of shade and right amount of water and nutrients. It will ensure a moss free garden.

  1. Make a landscape out of moss

Moss usually is a harmless plant species and negligible maintenance. If you are unable to eradicate the moss, use it as part of your landscape. Make walkways and pathways for people to walk before growing moss. Remove the grass and twigs to allow it to grow naturally in the areas where you wish to grow them. These areas should have acidic and damp soil. Redesigning your garden and choosing the path for the moss to grow in a way that it helps in enhancing the aesthetics of your garden.

  1. Chemicals to eradicate moss

VITAX GREEN UP LAWN SAND: To control the production of moss apply ferrous Sulphate or iron during spring and autumn season.  After the moss turns black in 2 to3 months, tines rake the moss after it turns blacks. Vitax Green Up Lawn sand is a product useful for eradicating moss.

Moss Killers & Fertilizers:  Moss killers like, MAXI CROP MOSS KILLER and LAWN TONIC LIQUID CONCENTRATE (that contains sea weed extract) can be combined with fertilizers comprise of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. This enriches the lawn, allowing more growth of grass and also contains the moss invasion. Here at Solutions Pest & Lawn we highly recommend Quicksilver Herbicide

BENZALKONIUM CHLORIDE:  It’s an artificial turf grass called Brinton’s patio magic. Maintain the artificial turf grass and make sure water or puddles don’t gather on the artificial lawn. Such an approach prevents the moss from growing.

MO BACTER ORGANIC LAWN FERTILIZER: Apply it for 7 to 10 days from March to October. Mow the lawn before applying. The fertilizer helps in growth of grass and kills the dead moss.

Rolling stone gathers no moss

Maintain your garden and ensure regular use of proper fertilizers, nutrients, proper methods of landscaping and moss removal. Plant seeds in bare and shaded areas and make sure the soil is not too loamy. Providing the right kind of environment will prevent moss growth altogether.

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