The Q&A Archives: Moss In Lawn

Question: How can we remove and stop moss from taking over our yard?

Answer: Moss is an indication of several underlying factors, including poor drainage, compacted soil, lack of soil fertility, too much shade, and acidic soil. If you can correct these problems, you'll have fewer moss problems. Rake to remove the moss, then reseed the bare areas. Put your lawn on a regular feeding schedule; healthy lawn will be lush enough to crowd out any moss that tries to grow. Use a 3-1-2 ratio of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (NPK - the 3 numbers on the fertilizer package), and feedyour lawn four times a year (April, June, September and late November). If possible, improve the drainage in the area, and increase the sunlight that falls on the lawn. You can add lime to help sweeten the soil. Be sure to choose a grass seed mix that will grow well in the conditions in your yard. There are many mixes for heavy traffic areas, shady areas, etc. Try to pick one that mirrors the conditions in your yard. Then feed, water and mow regularly to keep it in tip-top shape.

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