Of all the pesky lawn diseases and weeds that can crop up on our lawns, moss is one of the most common. Unless your soil conditions are perfect, it’s likely that moss will make an appearance on your lawn at some stage.
However beautiful moss may be when found on the forest floor, the small flowerless plants are less attractive when growing in the wrong places - like in our gardens and lawns. But fear not, we’re here to tell you how to get rid of moss in your lawn and provide some tips on how to limit its growth again the following year.
Getting rid of moss
very shallow-rooted plants, so luckily, immediate removal is pretty easy. A
simple 3 step process will help to kill dead moss and remove it from your lawn.
Step 1 – Killing the moss
Some lawns may suffer worse than others when it comes to moss. If your lucky enough to only have a small area of moss, a targeted weedkiller should be enough to treat this. But, if your lawn is suffering from a lot of moss, then try using our 3 IN 1 Lawn Rescue to help tackle the problem.
Step 2 - Remove dead moss
After using a weedkiller or our 3 IN 1 Lawn Rescue, you will notice your moss turning darker, this means that it has died, and you can begin to remove it from your lawn. Using a rake you can start to remove the dead moss and clear your lawn surface.
Step 3 - Reseed bare patches
After removing dead moss, you will most likely have a few bare patches across your lawn. If you have used our 3 IN 1 Lawn Rescue, this begin to feed your grass. If not, you can start to overseed those dead patches and within a few weeks they should be back to normal.
Like most lawn weeds and diseases, they thrive in unfavourable conditions. Damp and shaded areas on your lawn will create a perfect hub for moss to grow in. So, to help prevent it from appearing again, you need to find a way to improve damp areas and help those shady spots!
It’s time to aerate!
If moss loves moisture, remove the moisture! Improving your lawn drainage will help you to reduce the moisture across your lawn and the chances of moss developing. Aerating your lawn will create air pockets across your soil that will help moisture to drain away from your soil surface and down into the root system of your grass. Using a garden fork, spike holes into the soil and give your fork a wiggle. This will help to open those air pockets and get the moisture flowing, instead of sitting on your lawn's surface.
Let the sun shine!
Moss is a shade-loving plant, so if you find that you are struggling against a carpet of moss, look up! We might not be able to control the weather and how often the sun shines (sigh), but there are some ways we can make sure the sun is getting onto our lawns when it does pop its head from the clouds. If you have any trees, bushes or shrubbery that block the light, give them a trim to help reduce the shade across your lawn. If there is little to no grass in shaded spots in your garden, it is likely that moss will begin to grow. Try using a lawn seed like our Shade Supreme Lawn, created to thrive in shady spots of your lawn. This will help your grass to grow and should help to keep the moss at bay.
To help you
through the process of removing moss, you can follow our how to guide on how to remove weeds and moss.