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Name: Ryan Baskett
Bellevue Washington, USA
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RyanGreenThumb
Jul 11, 2017 12:32 PM CST
I have one of the large metal straight landscaping rakes as well as one of the large plastic clog free fanned out leaf rakes. I'm currently working on tilling out moss out of my dead yard and raking it up and tilling and raking and tilling and raking until all of the moss is gone. Is there a better means to do this, or perhaps a more suited rake for the job or can anyone perhaps give me a few tips on lawn replacement? I live in Bellevue Washington. Thanks for any help!
Name: Deb
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Jul 15, 2017 1:19 PM CST
Warm welcome, Ryan. As a fellow PNWer, I've rather gone with the idea that if an area insists on growing moss, then turn it into a shade garden that will co-exist with the moss. Sometimes we try to mold our gardens in ways they will continue to resist, and that battle will just never be won. That said, you can try sprinkling the affected area with limestone to bring the pH up and adding some organic lawn fertilizer to give the grasses a boost. Run over the area with an aerator and overseed with a shade loving grass seed. Other than that, your raking method sounds spot on.
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Jul 15, 2017 8:12 PM CST
Welcome to NGA, @RyanGreenThumb .

I'm a long way from the PNW, but have a lot of moist shady areas in my yard (due to living basically in the middle of a cedar swamp) and also have a lot of moss. I've also pretty much come to terms with it, at least in most spots. If you want to get rid of the moss and have a normal lawn (or garden), I think you're going to have to find some way to improve the soil drainage in that area.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Jul 16, 2017 6:59 AM CST
Bonehead said:Warm welcome, Ryan. As a fellow PNWer, I've rather gone with the idea that if an area insists on growing moss, then turn it into a shade garden that will co-exist with the moss.

Sometimes we try to mold our gardens in ways they will continue to resist, and that battle will just never be won.


Hurray!

A moss garden is awfully pretty....
And...if you have a nice stand of thick luscious moss, you can leave that noisy mower and string trimmer in the tool shed.
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Jul 16, 2017 8:56 AM CST
Now I'm just talking. Moss for me is about the last thing I dress a bonsai with before shows.

When I want it to go away after exhibition it gets some lime and more hours of sun.

Raking even with a tweezer is almost never part of the clean-up. How this applies to a yard will be your adventure...
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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jul 16, 2017 5:21 PM CST
I don't live in your area but maybe I can offer an idea.
There are products that kill moss. They take about a week to work, more or less.
After the moss is deceased you can use a power rake and run over the area to pull up the moss. Another tool would be a dethatcher, but I think the power rake would work better. You will still have to finish up with a regular rake but the hard work can be accomplished by the power tools. You can probably rent the power tools at your local Home Depot.

Moss will want to re-grow so eventually you will have to decide what to do with the area after you do all that hard work.
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Name: Ryan Baskett
Bellevue Washington, USA
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Jul 17, 2017 10:34 AM CST
Thank you for the welcomes Smiling What we've done so far is layer the yard with lawn weed killer concentrate and Moss Out! Concentrate. So far that has basically killed everything (because there was hardly any grass left at all) and after that we've had an electric tiller that we've been tilling like crazy with to loosen up the tough dirt and dead moss and grass left over. So, after a ton of tilling and raking and tilling and raking and tilling and raking we are almost to the point of having a completely bare field with which to start anew and plant some grass seed, probably as close to the beginning of September as possible.
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greene
Jul 17, 2017 10:54 AM CST
Thumbs up
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Jul 18, 2017 12:25 AM CST
Its not the rake, its the shade and soil. Richer soil will help grass grow, but sometimes you need to surrender to the shade and use it. How about making it a place for ferns and hostas?

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