Too wet Lawn - Knowledgebase Question

Ellicott City, Ma
Question by celizabeth34
March 28, 2009
We have a small backyard that has 2 Japanese Maple Trees that create a walkway out of the back yard, there is also a slight slope, this are is quite shady and never seems to dry out after rain. This has caused moss to grow in some places, but the grass has continued to disappear. Is there anything we can do to help dry out the area and then what is the best seed to plant?

Answer from NGA
March 28, 2009


Moss is usually a symptom of several problems, including poor drainage, too much shade, low fertility, compacted soil, and acidic soil. I don't think you will be able to change these things in your landscape without affecting the maple trees unless you install a curtain drain to give the excess water somewhere else to go. Since grass won't grow well in the shade anyway, why not consider planting a walkable groundcover or placing stepping stones or even a wooden bridge over the walkway?

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