Moss in Grass - Knowledgebase Question

Phoenix, Ar
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Question by phxbettyjean
April 23, 2010
I have green moss in my front yard. I was going to plant grass seed over it but it's really thick and don't think water can penetrate it. How do I get rid of it? Any ideas will be appreciated.
Thanks, Betty Smith

Answer from NGA
April 23, 2010
Moss loves to grow in moist, acidic, compacted soils where there's lots of shade so moss in Phoenix is really quite unusual! You'll need to rake out the moss before proceeding. It will be barely rooted so it should be easy to rake. To address the soil compaction problem you'll want to aerate the area. A core aerator will remove one inch by three inch plugs from the lawn. Leave the plugs on the lawn and they will dissolve in rain or water from the sprinklers. After aerating spread a thin layer of sand or compost over the area and water it in well. The sand or compost plus the soil from the plugs will work their way down into the holes left by the plugs. You can then overseed your entire lawn.

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