The Q&A Archives: Moss in the Lawn

Question: How do you get rid of moss in the lawn right now, in February. Do I use lime to sweeten the soil now or do I rake it out? Or have a thatch job done on it?

Answer: Your best course of action right now is to rake it out. 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 underlying 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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