Lawn help - Knowledgebase Question

New Hampton, NH
Question by rickjan
July 21, 2007
my lawn is moss not grass...not thick dark green moss but spongy loose moss almost like a seedum or ground cover type moss.I've started digging it up...that is a very daunting task-what else can I do?


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Answer from NGA
July 21, 2007

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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. You can use one of the chemical moss killers, then 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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