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How to Get Rid of Lawn Moss

February 15, 2016

Whoever said a rolling stone gathers no moss probably never lived in the Pacific Northwest or in a part of the country with lawns that stay mostly moist and shady.  If this sounds like your situation, then you know just about everything gathers moss, especially lawns.  You can’t change your climate or conditions, but you can stop the moss in your lawn this season.

Once you kill the moss, plant shade resistant grasses and feed your lawn regularly to encourage thicker grass.

Once you kill the moss, plant shade resistant grasses and feed your lawn regularly to encourage thicker grass.

Scotts has a range of liquid and granular moss killers.  For those of you in the Pacific Northwest,  Scotts Turf Builder with Moss Control is a good choice.  It kills moss quickly and gives your lawn a deep Turf Builder feeding – to help your grass thicken and fill in the patches where the moss used to be.  The granules will not harm a blade of your good grass and you can put down new grass seed once your moss is dead.  For many other areas you can kill moss with Scotts Moss Control Granules.

Moss can also thrive in acid soil (although I have also seen it grow in an alkaline soil with low fertility).  A soil test will tell you if your soil is too acid (has a low pH) and could use some lime.  Moss is not necessarily a sign of needing lime so a soil test is really the first step to figure out if lime is needed.  To help you find a soil test lab in your state, you can do an internet search using these key words:  soil testing lab, along with the name of your state.

Regular feedings during the year will help raise your soil fertility and encourage healthy grass to crowd out additional moss from growing.

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