Removing Moss - Knowledgebase Question

Lebanon, OR
Question by jowms8
February 25, 1998
After the moss in a lawn is killed, must it also be removed. Or is there an easy way around that?


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Answer from NGA
February 25, 1998

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Moss should be raked from the lawn, and the lawn reseeded. 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.

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