I do I get rid of moss growing in my lawn without killing surrounding grass?

Asked May 29, 2015, 12:45 PM EDT

I do I get rid of moss growing in my lawn without killing surrounding grass?

Oakland County Michigan

1 Response

Hello,

The best way to get control over moss in the lawn is to correct the environment that it’s growing in. Moss will thrive in areas of heavy shade, poor drainage, acidic soil, excessive irrigation, low soil fertility or some combination of these conditions. Take a good look in the area where the moss is growing and see what improvements you can make. There are chemicals available for moss control however if the environment that it is growing in is not corrected then the moss will only return.

I have included the following links to articles that will give you more detail. It is also recommended that if you have not had your soil tested it would be a good idea to do so. Within the articles they refer to adding lime but not to do so unless the results of the soil test recommend it. The test will also give you the pH level of your lawn. Most lawns need a pH of 6.0 and higher. To receive a soil test kit go to the following link:

http://msusoittest.com

Solving moss problems in lawns

http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/homeowners/100402.html

http://bryophytes.science.oregonstate.edu/page21.htm

Chemical control

http://bryophytes.science.oregonstate.edu/page22.htm

If you need any more information on this or have more questions don't hesitate to write back.