The Moss From Hell - Knowledgebase Question

Memphis, TN
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Question by NGB123
January 3, 2000
Our front yard is affected with a BAD case of "The Moss from Hell"!!!
We are fertilizing regularly, mowing frequently and watering in the spring and summer months.
There is a lot of shade, so we chose 5 Star Fescue seed that is supposed thrive under shady conditions and bear up under the heat in our area. The trees have been trimmed and thinned as much as the tree service recommended. There does not appear to be a drainage problem and we have aerated the lawn to help improve compaction.
We have also raked and removed the moss (as much as possible) before reseeding with a grass. The
lawn is on a regular feeding schedule but nothing we do seems to help.
If you can advise a product that will correct the situation, it will be GREATLY APPRECIATED!!

Answer from NGA
January 3, 2000
Moss growth in turfgrass is a symptom of several underlying problems, all of which you've tried to improve; too much shade, poor soil fertility, poor drainage, and soil compaction. The only thing you haven't addressed is soil pH. Moss thrives in acidic soils, and raising the pH may be the only other step you need to take to eliminate the moss. Have your soil tested. Lime will sweeten the soil, but the amount (and frequency) you'll need to apply will depend upon the results of your soil test.

Don't give up! Continue with the TLC and you'll eventually have a lush, green lawn.

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