The Q&A Archives: Moss On Soil

Questioner's Location: Madison, WI
Date: September 22, 2000

Question: We have a section on the North side of the house that gets so much moss on the dirt around our bushes there.
Is there any way to correct this condition?
Thank You!

Answer: Moss is usually a symptom of several problems, including poor drainage, too much shade, low fertility, compacted soil, and soil that's too acidic. If you can correct these problems, you'll have fewer moss problems. Failing that, you can scruff the soil up every few weeks to aerate and discourage moss growth, or you can put a layer of bark chips over the bare soil.

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