lawn-getting rid of moss, planting grass seed, and fertilizing

Asked March 11, 2018, 4:38 PM EDT

Hi, We have a lot of moss on our partly shady mostly sunny lawn. I would like to know how to get rid of it. Then I would like to plant grass seed and fertilize. I was wondering if you could recommend a method and schedule to do all of these things? I am also wondering if I need to apply lime and also if I need to apply a weed and feed for other lawn weeds. Thank you so much!

Howard County Maryland moss lawn

1 Response

There may be several reasons you have moss in your lawn which include poor soils, shade, poor lawn care practices, acidic soils, etc. Look at our publication regarding moss control
http://extension.umd.edu/sites/default/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG100_Moss_Control_i...
You can eliminate the moss by raking and disposing of. However, if you want to get rid of it you need to correct the conditions that favor its growth. See above.
Begin by testing your soil for pH and nutrient deficiencies.
http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/soils/soil-testing

If you have over 50% weeds or moss, consider lawn renovation and this is best done in the late summer to early fall. Here is our publication on lawn establishment, and renovation
http://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG102-Rev-...

Options include alternative groundcovers and some actually cultivate the moss.

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