The Q&A Archives: Eek! Mossy Lawn.

Question: It is almost Spring and our lawns are a "limey-green" in color and moss-ridden. Is the moss eating away at the grass underneath? Can you suggest a product to use to kill off the moss that isn't harmful to pets? We sprayed Miracle-Gro on our lawn three times this month and the moss is taking over everything... the patio, the pathway, the sunlights, etc. Thank-you so much.
"Moping over Moss".

Answer: Moss is usually a symptom of several problems, including poor drainage, too much shade, low fertility, compacted soil, and acid soil. If you can correct these problems, and put your lawn on a regular feeding schedule, you'll have fewer moss problems. Start fertilizing in April with a 3-1-2 ratio of NPK (the 3 numbers on the bag of fertilizer). Apply one pound of actual nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn per year. Feed again in June, September and late November or early December. Instead of using chemical moss killers, just rake and reseed any mossy areas in your lawn. If your grass is healthy, it will crowd out the moss in the future.

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