Moss Control - Knowledgebase Question

Lancaster, Ma
Question by themacleodfa
April 2, 2010
Can I use a moss control at the same time I am reseeding. Will it effect the germination of the grass seed? Thanks Bruce


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Answer from NGA
April 2, 2010

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I'd overseed now and apply lime in the fall. 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. 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. You didn't mention whether or not you have ever aerated your lawn. If not, you can do so this spring with a core aerator, leaving the plugs on the lawn. Spread a thin layer of sand over the lawn and allow the plugs to dissolve in rain water or irrigation water. The sand and the soil from the plugs will work its way into the holes left by the aerator effectively reducing compaction and giving excess moisture a way to escape. You can then reseed. To address the soil pH, apply lime in the fall. Best wishes with your lawn!

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