The Q&A Archives: Moss

Question: We have an area on the west side of our house that now has moss growing. How do we get rid of it and get grass to grow in that area again.

Answer: Moss is a symptom of one or more problems, including poor drainage, too much shade, low fertility, compacted soil, and soil that's too acidic. If you can correct these problems, you'll have fewer moss problems. If the moss is really thick, you can peel it up. If it is just in spots, you can rake it up. If you have moss in your lawn, you can temporarily stop its growth by applying lime to your lawn to counteract the acidity of the soil. A more permanent solution is to aerate the soil to alleviate compaction, trim trees to allow more sunlight to penetrate, put your lawn an a regular feeding schedule (April, June, September and early December) and change your watering schedule so the soil has a chance to drain and dry out slightly between waterings. Best wishes with your garden!

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