What a year for moss
Practically every new lawn I’ve seen this year has a moss problem; it’s been damp for most of the last 12 months and even good condition lawns are suffering.
When found in a lawn, moss is a good indicator that:
- The ground has remained wet for long periods
- Nutrient level of the soil is low
- Soil is compacted and lacks organic matter
- Grass may be cut too short or even scalped
- The area is shaded from regular sunshine
Controlling the moss with our winter feed & moss control will burn off the moss easily, starting to turn it black immediately. Wait a couple of weeks, then the moss can be raked or scarified out. However, unless some of the conditions that favour moss are changed, then the moss will return, springing up from spores that remain on the soil surface.
How to treat moss
Wait for the moss to be killed by the moss control before raking out; otherwise you’ll only spread the spores around and make matters worse. Best to wait 1-2 weeks after moss control.
Take action to improve the underlying conditions that moss likes and make the grass inhospitable for the moss.
Mowing – Don’t cut too short as this will weaken the grass and encourage moss. Where moss is a problem, leave the grass slightly higher (>1 inch). Mow weekly to encourage the spread of the grass plants.
Drainage – Improve drainage by aerating the soil so it does not remain permanently wet. For heavy clay soils, top dress with a quality sand / soil mix and brush into the holes; this will improve organic content, improve drainage and reduce compaction. As a result, roots will be stronger and deeper and the grass will be thicker and healthier. When watering in summer, water less frequent (at most weekly) , but water deep (4″ moisture)
Remove shade – cut back branches / shrubs / hedges where possible to allow the sun to reach all areas of the lawn. Where difficult over-seed with a more shade tolerant grass or turn into a flower bed.
Feeding – A poor nutritional status for grass means that it can’t dominate your lawn unless it receives some additional energy. Feeding the lawn in spring, again in the summer and finally with an autumn dressing will help no end. A well-fed lawn is thick, strong and vigorous because it encourages the growth of grasses and inhibits the growth of moss.
Since moss has been such a problem this year, we’ve put in place a special spring offer – free moss control now when you commit to one of the seasonal programmes – call me now for more details on how to get rid of that moss.