Moss in my lawn

Asked June 6, 2018, 2:49 PM EDT

We moved into our house a little over a year ago and have started working on our landscaping more diligently. We have quite a bit of moss in our front yard, especially further away from the evergreens. It has full sun, and good drainage - it is actually over our drain field. The last photo is of our overall lawn with a “streak” present. I’m wondering what that is as well. We DID drop a large Ash tree there for a couple of days (maybe 4-5) during the peak of the heat. Any thoughts? Thanks for your help, Melani

Grand Traverse County Michigan moss in lawn

1 Response

Many times, moss growth is present because of acidic soil and/or low soil fertility. It would be advisable to check the pH and nutrient status of the soil by getting a soil test done. Soil test mailers are available through your county extension office. The dead patches in the lawn could have several causes- grubs can cause this type of injury so can several diseases. I can't tell what the cause is from the photo you supplied. to check for grubs, peel back a section and look for grubs. his article tells you how to identify different grubs. http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/european_chafer_grubs_are_ravaging_upper_peninsula_lawns_and_golf_cours...

and this article tells you about how to check for grubs and products to use if you find them: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/how_to_choose_and_when_to_apply_grub_control_products_for_your_lawn

if you don't find grubs, then I suggest you send in a sample to the diagnostic clinic on campus to have it checked for diseases. this link will walk you through how to take a sample, package it and send it in for testing: https://pestid.msu.edu/