Want Green Grass Not Moss and Weeds

Asked April 29, 2013, 8:12 PM EDT

I have lots of moss in my yard, and lots of weeds. I would like it to be green again. We have lots of tree and lots of sun. Can you help me get it back the way it was? Also I've been told that I should use moss killer to kill the moss. I have been told to use lime to kill the moss and to keep it away. What should I use? Then after that do I need to buy dirt to cover up what I just kill? Then do I still need weed killer, and when do I plant seed so I can have grass by the middle of May or June, and then how do I keep it green and healthy.

Muskegon County Michigan

1 Response

Moss in the yard is common problem especially in West Michigan. Weeds can also be a challenge. You can kill the weeds and moss but unless you correct the problems that lead to these , you will end up with moss and weeds again. The first step is to get a soil test. (http://msusoiltest.com). This will help you determine what you need to do to correct the conditions so that your grass to thrive. A lawn that thrives will have less weeds and should not have moss. Moss is encouraged by compacted soil, moist soil, low fertility and shade (http://urbanext.illinois.edu/stateline/000316.html ). Consider trimming the trees to allow more sun on the lawn. Don't over water. If your soil is hard (compacted) aeration will help. Mowing high (3 to 4 inches) will help eliminate weeds. Never cut more than a third of the grass blades when mowing. Once you understand what your lawn needs then you can consider renovating or overseeding but this should be done in spring or fall when the weather is cool. Check out the following link for more information : http://www.turf.msu.edu/home-lawn-articles