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Get Rid of Moss with Good Lawn Care Practice

May 13 2022

Do you often struggle to get rid of moss on your lawn? Moss is anannoying and persistent weed that grows and spreads quickly overundisturbed soil and areas where turfgrasses are weak and thin.

 

Often the factors that contribute to the encroachment of moss on your lawn are:

Low soil pH

 Rocky and shallow soils

Poor soil fertility

Excessive moisture

Heavy shade

The best way to eliminate moss and save time on your lawn is to practice good lawn care. Let's explore more about these techniques:

Overseed Your Lawn

 During the fall, weeds are dormant, and overseeding your lawn will help you get rid of moss. By the time it's the weed growth season, your lawn grass will be grown enough to offer sufficient shade. It will keep sunlight from reaching weed seeds. Thus, it prevents the seeds from germinating. Moreover, it will cover the bare patches, controlling the weed growth.

Use the Right Technique to Mow Your Lawn

To maintain a healthy and well-groomed yard, you must mow it from time to time. It promotes the spread of grass. It has also proven an effective way to control weed growth and save time on your lawn.

Before you mow your lawn, double-check the cutting height of your mower. Do not scalp your lawn too short. It will weaken the grass and make the soil susceptible to moss invasion.

Experts recommend keeping your grass about 2.5 cm or 1 inch long throughout the year. The simple advice is never to trim your grass more than 1/3rd of the height during a cut. They also advise mowing your lawn weekly (if possible). As it will offer you a denser lawn, preventing the moss movement.

 Invest in Premium Lawn Fertilizer

 When the grass is struggling due to the inadequately fed soil, it can not withstand the moss attack. Remember, moss thrives on the ground with low nutrients.

An effective approach for moss control is lawn fertilizer to keep the soil nutrients level optimum. Look for a fertilizer that contains potassium salt or sulfate products such as ammonium sulfate or ferrous sulfate. These fertilizers will cover the balding area of the lawn with grass and strengthen the turf against diseases.

Scarify Your Lawn to Remove the Thatch

A thatch layer on your lawn is beneficial. However, thatch build-up above 1/2 inch will lower the water and fertilizer penetration to the roots of the grass. Thus, supporting the moss growth.

As soon as you observe too much thatch build-up, eliminate it by scarifying your lawn. Remember not to leave the dead moss on your lawn as it will lead to thatch issue and promote moss growth. Look for a lawn scarifier with an aerator.