Moss yard

Asked March 19, 2013, 12:41 AM EDT

We live on the Oregon Coast. Our front yard is turning to moss. Should we let it go to moss or keep trying to beat it back and try to help the grass grow? Is it wrong to have a moss yard?!

Lane County Oregon

1 Response

Moss occurs naturally in western Oreogn.
Moss yards mean a lot less work and not working against natural occurring events. Just collect different mosses (wild or purchased from local nurseries) and turn the yard into a moss yard with stepping stones.

The yard can also be returned to a grass yard. Moss is caused by too wet, too shady, too acid of a soil.
Shouldn't be too wet if on a sandy soil (coast) or redirect the wet.
Too shady, prune vegetation back so the lawn gets more sun.
Too acid - add lime at a rate of 80 pounds per 1000 sq feet every 2-3 years.
Look for a more shade tolerant grass at a local nursery or in Eugene.