How Do You Get Rid of Moss in Lawns?


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To get rid of moss on your lawn, apply pesticide, improve the drainage of your lawn, and fertilize it regularly. If you can, it is also helpful to get more light to your lawn. It is best to treat moss with pesticide as soon as it appears.

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  1. Apply pesticide

    Apply pesticide to your lawn as soon as moss appears. Opt for non-synthetic pesticides such as iron sulphate and potassium soap, which are environmentally friendly. If you must use synthetic pesticides, be sure to read the safety instructions on the label. Once treated, rake the lawn to remove the moss.

  2. Increase sunlight on your lawn

    Consider pruning or cutting trees to increase the amount of sunlight your lawn receives. Moss thrives in shaded lawns. If you would like to maintain your trees, consider planting shade-tolerant grass to compete more successfully with moss.

  3. Improve the drainage of your lawn

    Improve the drainage of your lawn by installing a rain garden or bioswale to catch excess water, especially after storms. Water less frequently, and more deeply during the summer because a damp lawn promotes moss growth. Mow your lawn to a height not less than two inches to decrease plant competition.

  4. Fertilize regularly

    Fertilize your lawn regularly to help your grass compete effectively against moss. Apply lime to add alkaline to the soil, and apply suitable fertilizer to amend the soil if the ground lacks nutrients.

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