You are proud of your lawn. You always want it to be green and lush. But suddenly, you notice thick patches on your soil’s surface. They form like a dark green mat and they continue to spread all over your much-loved space. So, how do you actually remove the ugly moss in your lawn?
The growth of moss is normally triggered by a flaw in your lawn, garden or yard. Moss may have started breeding from compacted soil, overwet soil or sour soil. Too much shade and improper fertilization may prompt it, too.
Here are some gardening tips to solve your problem:
Kill the moss. Visit your local garden supply store. You may readily find a number of moss-killers there. A good moss-killer contains ferrous ammonium sulfate. It quickly turns moss black. Then, you can simply rake it away from your lawn’s grass. If the raking leaves a bare spot in your lawn, you may need to prepare the area and eventually reseed it.
If you are lucky, you may get a moss-killer that contains a fertilizer, too. Aside from getting rid of the unsightly moss, you also enrich your soil. This certainly makes your first step easy and economical. Strictly follow the application directions indicated on the moss-killer’s label.
Correct the condition of the soil. Removing the existing moss is only the first step. If you want to prevent its reoccurrence, address its cause. You need to do some sort of detective work here. Cut and observe a portion of the affected area in your lawn. You need about 4” x 4” plug of grass. Note how the grass is growing.
If the growth of the root of the grass is restricted, your lawn’s soil is either sour, compacted, or poorly-drained. You need to permit better air circulation in your lawn’s soil so that water and nutrients are easily absorbed. So, perforate your lawn. Use an aerating machine or any fork for manure or for spading. However, if the soil is overwet, you may need to improve your drainage system.
If the grass has sickly green color, then you can attribute that to improper fertilization. Use fertilizers with low-nitrogen content. They should stimulate proper growth of your grass.
Mow regularly. You need to maim the growth of your grass. Once you have gotten rid of the moss, follow a mowing schedule. Always set your mower at the correct height. If you are in the Northwest, most probably, you have a fescue or bent grass. Cut it at about ¾-inch. If you have a blue grass, cut it at 1 ½-inch.
Gardening experts tell that spring is the perfect season to eradicate moss in your lawn. So, consider the timing. It can make your task a lot simpler. You should also water your lawn sufficiently, particularly when it’s the dry season. Whenever necessary, you should arrange for insect or disease control. By following the gardening tips enumerated above, you can expect to see a great-looking lawn the whole year round.