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May 6, 2020 6:43 PM CST

I'm new to the forum and I'm not sure if this is the right place for this question, so apologies if it belongs somewhere else. I recently moved to Washington and the yard has more moss than grass. With the coronavirus things keeping everything shut down, I've decided to try to renovate the yard and did some reading on moss removal. Here's what I've done so far:

1.) Thoroughly raked the yard
2.) Aerated the yard
3.) Put down Scott's Turf Builder with Moss Control

Now, the moss is dead and comes up pretty easy for the most part. Unfortunately, I'm finding that there was even more moss than I expected in the yard. I'm trying to rake up the dead moss because I plan on over-seeding with grass seed, but I'm afraid I'm doing more harm than good as there are now massive bare patches in the yard.

Is it necessary to rake up all the dead moss to get the grass seed to grow?
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May 6, 2020 10:48 PM CST
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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We just thatched the grass a few weeks ago. Then we spread a thin layer of soil over the grass and reseeded. Starting to look better.
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May 6, 2020 11:15 PM CST
Name: Steve
Port Orchard, WA (Zone 8b)
Best prevention of moss is a heathy lawn. Neighbors do thatching and rake once, then reseed. One method of improving the health of a lawn is spreading a thin layer of quality compost over a lawn in late Oct (mow first)--recently been seeing TV commercials on a brand that recommends doing it in spring.
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May 7, 2020 10:20 AM CST

I suppose a moss lawn is out of the question? Sometimes growing conditions (too much shade, poor soil, etc.) will make grass lawns a perpetual nightmare, and moss lawns are hot right now. They look stunning if properly maintained. Smiling

I'm a new member so I can't post links, but a quick Google of moss lawns will come up with dozens of sites.
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May 7, 2020 8:56 PM CST

Thanks for the replies! If I put soil over the current grass/moss does that mean I can get away without removing the dead moss?

I would be game for a moss lawn (it's so spongy to walk on!) but I have a large dog who runs in the back yard and tramples the moss until it turns brown. Sad
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Jul 4, 2020 2:36 PM CST

Only problem with a moss lawn is the lack of any roots to hold moss in place. Running (as in dog), wheeling a barrow or other wheeled equipment will scrape good-sized patches off and leave bare spaces.
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Mar 17, 2021 7:30 PM CST
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Try some golf course lime as you need to sweetin' the ground so that the moss won't
take over. Always keep grass seed handy. Hope this might help.
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