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Lawn Care - Moss in Lawns

Moss in gardens and lawns is a common problem. The good news is that there are commercial products on the market to kill moss.

Important note: We do not recommend using products to kill moss in vegetable or herb gardens.

Your local garden store should have products to kill moss. After it's dead, rake it out of the lawn. Then, sprinkle some grass seed on the area.

To keep moss from growing back, you need to determine and eliminate the causes. That may take eliminating one or more of several causes.

Did you know? Moss grows on the north side of trees and boulders.You will never be lost in the woods again!


Major Causes of Moss Growth:

Too Much Shade- Moss thrives in the shade. That's why it grows best on the north side of trees and boulders. Bring bright sunlight to the affected area, and the problem goes away. Trouble is, increasing sunlight is often not an option. 

Wet soil- Many plants do not like wet soils. However, moss does. Conversely, moss won't grow in drier soils.

Compacted soil- Nature has all sorts of plants for all sorts of conditions. Lawn Moss is one of the few plants that likes heavy, compacted soil..... most notably, clay soils.

High alkaline soil- Every plant has it's ideal pH range. For moss, it's an alkaline soil. That's to be expected, as heavy, clay soils are usually alkaline.



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