Unsightly Moss - Knowledgebase Question

Holts Summit, Mi
Question by jmashag
June 11, 2008
We have a lot of (big) trees in our large yard. As a result, moss grows abundantly throughout the yard and on the base of the trees. We have a lot of grass, but there is also a lot of moss. One of my garden areas surrounding 2 trees is nothing but moss. How can I control it? It is very unsightly.

Answer from NGA
June 11, 2008


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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