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How To Get Rid Of Moss In Grass

Updated on September 12, 2013

How To Easily Achieve And Maintain A Moss Free Lawn

Lawn moss may make your lawn look green but it's not good for your grass as it competes for sunlight and nutrients and prevents it from breathing. This leads to the grass becoming weakened, allowing the moss to take over. There are several reasons why moss will appear in your lawn. It likes growing in damp, shaded areas, which grass will struggle to grow in. Any part of the lawn that is overshadowed by hanging tree branches, or in areas out of sunlight, will be a risk area for moss growing. In addition to this, if the ground is compacted and the lawn situated in an area of poor drainage, moss will thrive. These problem areas can be often be remedied with simple changes and good lawn care.

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To improve the quality of light cut back any offending branches that are creating shade and consider re-positioning any objects in the garden, if possible, that are blocking the sunlight.

The next step is to remove the lawn moss. This is done by Scarifying. This is the action of raking through the grass with a metal spring tined rake, dragging out the moss. This will also remove any organic build up (thatch) which allows the grass to breathe and grow and helps improve drainage in the area. Large areas can be done quicker with motorized scarifying tools designed especially for the task.

In addition to the removal of moss and thatch, aerating the lawn will help to improve the drainage. This will help create growing conditions more suit for grass than moss. The simple way of doing this is by making holes in the lawn with a digging fork. Simply dig the fork in as far as it will go, give it bit of a wiggle and repeat, spacing about every 10 cm apart. For large areas hand or motor powered machines can be purchased and hired to do the job.

Give your grass all the help you can by appropriate feeding to encourage strong growth, re-seeding any thinning patches and lawn cutting appropriately. Never cut the lawn too short as it stresses and weakens the grass. About a third off the length is ideal during summer, less in spring and autumn when the rate of growth is less.

Moss killer can be used if you don't have an aversion to using chemicals in the garden but it shouldn't be necessary. By regularly raking and aerating your lawn each spring and autumn and giving the grass the right conditions, you can have a moss free lawn.

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    • jasmith1 profile image

      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      I am glad this was useful and easy to implement Nell.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      This is really helpful. I have raked the grass before but just leaves and such, but such simple ways to keep moss off is great and easy to remember, really good info thanks!

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      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      So pleased. :) thanks for the feedback.

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      Linda Rogers 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Thanks for some much needed information on lawn moss. I found it very useful.