Moss Growing in Our Lawn - Knowledgebase Question

Hanover, Ma
Question by ewanichsquad
March 23, 2009
We live 20 miles south of Boston and moss keeps erupting in the shady section of our lawn and along the shady side of our stone wall. We have tried tearing it up and re-seeding, yet it quickly reappears. We will now try

Answer from NGA
March 23, 2009


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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