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How to Get Rid of Moss From Your Lawn Naturally

Unless you are into Japanese gardening, moss in your lawn is considered as weed which needs to be taken care of before its infests your entire garden. Mosses are tiny grass like plants that grow in form of dense green mats in damp locations. Moss is a good indicator that the condition of your lawn are not ideal for good growth and raking away the moss is not sufficient. 

Moss growth is a symptom of poor quality of your lawn.

Initial moss removal is necessary before you move on to fixing the quality of your lawn. Here are natural ways that can help you alleviate the moss problem in your garden.

Fertilize your lawn

Moss can make its way in your garden if the soil there has low fertility. Moss tends to grow where grass cannot thrive because of low fertility. Providing your lawn with regular fertilizer is a way to eradicate the moss problem.

Poor fertility can be indicated by moss growing in your lawn where it receives too much sunlight or remains dry. Add fertilizers to your lawn, which are rich in nitrogen, potassium, and iron. Fertilize your lawn four times a year. They start with early spring, during late spring, mid-summer, and then during early fall.

Making your soil less acidic

Moss tends to thrive in acidic soil. Test the pH levels of your soil and if it comes lower than the level required for your grass, then treat your grass to make it less acidic. Grass usually prefers pH levels ranging from 6 to 6.5.

Add agricultural lime to your grass to increase its soil’s pH levels. Calcium based lime is suitable. Apply the lime twice every growing season.

Grow new grass at thin patches

Moss grows where the grass itself cannot grow properly. Therefore, if your lawn has thin patches of grass all over, then plant grass seed in those places so grass can grow there and the quality of soil to improve.

Seed the patches with shade tolerant variety of grass seeds that include fine fescues, bet grass, and rye grass.  You can also plant a grass mix, which comes under the label “sun-shade”. When planting new seeds, coat them with one fourth inch of sand or loose soil. Keep watering the planted area until the seeds establish their roots.

Making the soil less compact by soil aeration

Compact soil is not good if you want to grow a lawn and want the grass to survive. The soil becomes compacted because of lack of air, lack of water, and lack of nutrients. Compact soil does not allow proper drainage of water through the soil, which makes the soil environment habitable for moss.

Compact soil can be fixed by aerating the soil. Aeration is a process of perforating the soil by making tiny holes in the soil to allow the air and water to pass through it. This allows the grass roots to grow deeply and strongly within the ground.

Dethatch the lawn 

Dethatching is similar process as aeration, however, dethatching puts more stress than aeration does. Dethatching is a process of removing layers of dead grass and roots from the grass base. If you aerate the lawn regularly, you will not need to dethatch too often.

If you notice too much moss growing in your lawn, then dethatching is a good idea.  Get a dethatching lawn mower, which will dig its blades in the soil, rake up thick layers of dead roots, and allow proper watering and aeration. Dethatch your lawn during spring each year.

Planting shade-resistant grass and plants

Moss are more shade tolerant than most varieties of grass. Although moss needs a lot of sun to thrive, they can still manage well in places that receive shade. Grass cannot grow well in shady places, but moss can. To avoid this, you can plant shade tolerant varieties of grass, however, they would still need at least five hours of sun every day. Other than this, plant the kind of trees and shrubs in your garden that can resist shade so moss does not grow in their place instead.

If your garden has areas where sunlight reaches but is hindered by obstacles in between, then remove such obstacles so the moss does not form in patches under that area.

Do not water your lawn too much

Moss loves places high in moisture and they thrive well in such places. Pay attention to your watering habits as excessive watering in lawn can welcome moss growth. Too much water will make the moss appear quicker than other causes of its growth. Moss growth is persistent during early spring and early fall, which is why you should avoid watering the lawn excessively during these seasons especially at night.

If you notice that the soil in your lawn remains soggy all the time, then drain the soil by aerating it, dethatching it, or by installing drain lines.

Apply moss-killing soap

Other than using the above-mentioned methods to remove moss, moss-killing soap is also a good way get rid of them. Moss-killing soap kills moss as soon as it gets in contact with it. Apply the moss killing soap when there is low level of moisture in the soil because that is when moss is weak and can be easily killed. Once killed, you can remove the dead moss with your hands or rake it away.

If All Else Fails, Solutions has Chemicals Which Can Remove Moss

While you may be hoping for a natural solution, sometimes it’s best to just use chemicals. For moss, we recommend using Quicksilver HerbicideSpraying this product on the areas where the moss is growing will kill the moss and stop the growth dead in its tracks.

For more helpful moss control or other pest or lawn care advice, call up the experts at Solutions Pest & Lawn at 800-479-6583, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or start a live chat with us online.


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