Eliminating moss in grass and gardens

Asked September 2, 2015, 3:02 PM EDT

Moss has been growing into gardens and grass killing flowers and grass. What is necessary to get healthy grass again?

Oakland County Michigan

1 Response

Moss grows because environmental conditions are favorable. There are five factors (and usually a combination of several) that contribute to moss growth. They are: low pH, soil compaction, shade, moisture and low soil fertility. Most soils in Oakland County are alkaline so low pH is generally not a problem, therefore adding lime to the soil will not help. Correct the condition relating to the other four factors and moss won't be a problem. Here is a fact sheet on moss in lawns:
https://www.oakgov.com/msu/Documents/publications/oc0177_moss_algae_and_slime_molds_in_lawns.pdf