Beginner’s DIY Guide to Moss Control

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Most homeowners complain a lot about their lawns due to the absurd growth of the moss. It creates a lot of problems as it emerges in colder seasons and retreats in summer. It does not have a long life and dries out quickly in the summer months.

Here are the significant problems caused by moss at homes and resorts.

  • It grows faster on the lawn.
  • It dries quickly, creating a mess.
  • Weeds from the dried moss spread quickly across the area.
  • The total area becomes a real mess when birds and pets scratch it.

The principal reason for moss growth is due to weak garden soil. Most garden soils lack good drainage, which is necessary for the development of garden grass. Lack of conventional drainage in the soil also can create huge differences in plants growing on it. Whenever there is scanty drainage in the garden soil, there will be a huge growth of moss in the area. However, the major problem is its rapid growth and pace in spreading across the garden. Even though killing it with the best chemicals is available, there are great possibilities for it to grow again in the same area, if not today when there is a change in the weather.

Why is moss bothering my lawn and garden?

  1. Compacted garden soil: soil compaction kills grassroots and produces a smooth area for moss to start emerging.
  2. Bad drainage: soil that is constantly damp or even muddy will suffocate grassroots and also provide a wet environment that moss enjoys. 
  3. Low pH/Acidic: Grass needs moderate or somewhat alkaline soil to grow. If your soil has a bad pH and is high in acid, it will murder the grass. Yes, moss thrives in high acid soil, and low pH soil will support its growth. 
  4. Lack of sunlight: Garden shade is infamous for making it hard for grass to grow. It is also the favored light for moss.

Now, let us see the effective method to obliterate it forever.

Aeration and Raking

Raking grass will help eliminate all the dust and dead leaves from the previous season. Do not let the dead leaves remain long on the grass. Similarly, you can free all the compacted grass to get water and nutrients to its roots using an aerator. Moss lacks an established root system, so it cuts easily. Pull the clean rake over the mossy area in various directions, so you’re more inclined to throw it out of the garden. Continue raking the moss until they’re entirely gone. Sprinkle iron sulfate on the notorious moss if it doesn’t rake up quickly. Iron sulfate, also known as ferrous sulfate, drains mosses out without killing grass, so you can simply remove them. Pour the granules of iron sulfate straight onto the mossy area, so it has even coverage. Water the moss completely so the iron sulfate can work into the moss and kill it quicker.

pH Balance

Moss spreads faster on top of acidic soil, but you can increase the pH by spraying garden lime, known as limestone. Pour half of the lime into a neat garden spreader and start spreading in 1 corner of your lawn. You can see the difference in a couple of days.

Knife Attack

Carefully guide the blade of the sharp knife into the crack with moss in it. Put a small amount of pressure as you take the knife down the length of the crack and push the moss out. If you unroot them, they will not regrow after removing them. Next, scrape the moss off with a stiff-bristled brush to clean small areas. This will remove the moss entirely from your garden.

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