LifestyleEfficient ways to eradicate moss infestation and maintain a healthy lawn

Efficient ways to eradicate moss infestation and maintain a healthy lawn

The lawn is worth aerating and fertilizing.
The lawn is worth aerating and fertilizing.
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3:10 PM EST, February 11, 2024

The unfortunate reality is that moss typically thrives on neglected, nutrient-deficient lawns. Its presence on your turf is an indication that the lawn is probably in less-than-desirable health. The upside is that removing it can be a relatively simple task. Below, we elaborate on how to eradicate this unwelcome guest and maintain a moss-free lawn for extended periods.

Liming—for lasting and effective results

Moss prefers dark, damp areas where the soil is barren and lacks nutrients. If your lawn is experiencing a moss infestation, it's a clear signal that your soil requires fertilization. Fertilizers can replenish the soil and simultaneously create an unfriendly environment for moss, preventing its further spread across the lawn.

Wondering how to get rid of moss? The key is focusing on the quality of the underlying soil. As such, liming--a process that involves spreading a combination of chalk, dolomite, and lime-magnesium fertilizer--should be performed at least annually. This effective mixture is readily available at garden stores or through online vendors.

Apply the mixture evenly across the affected area and lightly water the grass. This procedure will successfully alter the pH of the soil from acidic to alkaline, effectively creating an environment in which moss struggles to survive.

Lawn drainage—get immediate results

Verticutting and aeration are crucial lawn maintenance tasks that should be performed yearly, preferably in the spring. Both procedures involve perforating the sod, which attributes to expediting grass growth, oxygenating it and rejuvenating it, resulting in lusher, thicker, and more vibrant grass. You can either acquire special aeration equipment for this purpose or manually puncture the soil using a garden fork.

Remember that if you opt for manual aeration and aim to eliminate the moss simultaneously, ensure that you drive the fork at least 3-4 inches deep. The most desirable outcomes will be achieved by combining verticutting, aeration, and subsequent liming of the soil. Employing this three-step procedure will help to maintain a moss-free lawn for an extended period.

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