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MOSS

Moss reproduces by means of wind blown spores. Mosses typically form a thick, green mat on the soil surface. They produce their own food and do not kill grass plants but rather fill in the spaces in the lawn where the grass is growing. Moss

If mosses are present in your lawn it is a sympton that conditions are not favourable for the growth of healthy grass and not the primary cause for a poor lawn. Just using a moss treatment is not enough and the best way to remove it so as to reduce the risk of it returning is to establish the cause of its presence in the first place and remedy that.

Moisture is essential for the spread of moss so prolonged periods of wet weather, typical of spring and autumn, are the main times for the moss to establish itself. Other factors such as soil compaction, poor drainage, shady conditions, high thatch levels, mowing too closely and under feeding also play a part in allowing moss to establish itself.

Solutions:

There is no magic cure for moss problems in a lawn. The best that can be hoped for is to provide a treatment regime that manages the moss and keeps it under control. A moss treatment applied in isolation rarely provides anything other than a very short term solution to the problem; a longer term solution is a moss treatment followed by mechanical removal and further treatments to then address the initial cause of the moss and manage it so as to prevent/delay its return.

The mechanical removal is carried out by a scarification which literally scrapes out the dead moss (killed off by the initial moss treatment). Once the bulk of the moss is removed, aeration and appropriate spring and autumn feeds containing iron will help to improve conditions in order to prevent its return.