moss - Knowledgebase Question

Essexville, Mi
Question by heje2
October 28, 2009
how do I get rid of moss in my perennial beds. They are not wet or shady, but are getting a lot of moss

Answer from NGA
October 28, 2009


Wet and shady soils can encourage moss growth, but so can soils depleted of nutrients, soils that are acidic and soils that are compacted. You can address all of these problems by digging in some organic matter. I'd avoid peat moss as an amendment because of its acidity, but you could safely use compost, aged-manure, shredded leaves, etc. I'd start by removing existing plants and raking out the moss, then spreading 3-4 inches of compost or other organic matter over the top of the bed and digging it in to a depth of 6-8 inches. Incorporate it in well and then rake the soil level and plant (or replant) your perennials. You will see a big difference in the performance of your perennials and you should see no more moss. Enjoy your garden!

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