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Question: how do I get rid of moss in both the beds and lawn?

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. Moss in flower beds can be pulled up or dug into the soil. Digging the soil will improve the compaction problem which should help keep the moss from returning. You'll want to improve the fertility by digging in some organic matter, as well. Spring is an excellent time to amend the soil. Good luck with your landscape!

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