I have LOTS of moss in my flower gardens and it is coming into my vegetable...

Asked June 13, 2015, 9:47 AM EDT

I have LOTS of moss in my flower gardens and it is coming into my vegetable garden. Why is it there and how do I get rid of it?

Ramsey County Minnesota

1 Response

Moss is an indication of soil fertility problems and soil compaction, especially in shady areas. It is more common to see in lawns where the soil isn't disturbed. It's very unusual in a vegetable garden, which should be in full sun and is usually tilled or cultivated every season and fertilized every season. This link discusses moss in lawns, but the same strategies apply in flower and vegetable gardens:
http://www3.extension.umn.edu/county/benton/county-horticulture-educator/article/moss-lawns