Moss on Lawns


Article by: Doug Green

Just about right now, we start to see moss on lawns , Which of the Hundreds of Tomato Varieties Should I Plant? and the plaintive cry goes up, "How do we stop it?"

The first thing to understand is that moss is not going to survive in a healthy , Ferns as Indoor Plants lawn. The existence of moss is a symptom that the lawn , Growing a Sustainable Garden! is not in good shape.

Thicken up the turf. Thin grass , Park Benches - Making the Right Choice allows moss to thrive. Apply two pounds of grass , Growing a Sustainable Garden! seed per thousand square feet of lawn , How to Extend Your Living Space Outdoors - Working with Color every fall , Marble Mosaic Art to thicken up the lawn , Composting and Composters: A Basic Introduction and mow existing turf at the highest mower , Composting and Composters: A Basic Introduction setting.

Moss also tends to invade lawns , Cordless Blowers with fertility problems so the second thing to do is feed your existing lawn. , Outdoor Furniture: Exploring the Benefits of Teak Ensure it is getting a full two pounds of Nitrogen per thousand square feet and check how to , Keep Your Bird Feeders Filled For The Spring Rush do this on websites or at your favourite garden , Park Benches - Making the Right Choice centre.

Feeding lawns , Tips about Flower Care at rates higher than two pounds per square foot tends to produce lush grass , Lap Pools - Great Exercise Inside Or Any Size Backyard that overgrows and is more attractive to insects.

Overfeeding is also a major cause of thatch (note that thatch is another symptom of poor lawn , Lap Pools - Great Exercise Inside Or Any Size Backyard management).

Moss is also created by excessive shade. If shade is the problem, either cut down the trees , Secrets To Beautiful Shade Gardens or substitute ground covers (like moss!) for the grass. , February in the Garden

Poor soil , Unique Flowers make a memorable gift! drainage is another culprit and this excessive water , Companion Planting creates conditions beloved of moss. The solution to this is fairly obvious - improve the drainage.

Finally, poor compacted soils , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 5) Plant Growth support moss rather than grass , Coneflower or Echinacea - the Best Thing in Your Bed plants. Aeration with a coring machine will help solve this problem as will keeping the lawn , Ferns as Indoor Plants roller off the turf.

The short term solution is to apply iron sulfate to the lawn , Hills and Holes: Not Part of Your Landscaping Design? at rates recommended on the labels.

This will "burn" away the moss but the moss will return unless the underlying conditions are remedied.

A healthy , Cedar Benches: A Fine Choice for Your Garden lawn will not support moss.
Doug Green , Gardening for Wildlife is the award winning author of 7 gardening , Invite Spring Early - Grow in Your Basement books and the publisher of several ebooks. His home , Outdoor Furniture: Exploring the Benefits of Teak page can be found at and his blog at

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