Moss growth in front yard

Asked March 27, 2019, 1:10 PM EDT

I have a real problem with moss on my front lawn. It started appearing about a year ago, and now covers over half the yard. I've lived in our house in for 33 years, and never had this problem before. I applied lime to the lawn last year, but it didn't seem to do much. I've never used chemical fertilizers on my lawn, only organic ones like Milorganite. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you, Richard Donohue

Montgomery County Maryland lawns and turf moss groundcovers

1 Response

Moss moves in when grass thins and dies. Moss tolerates what grass cannot: dense shade, low pH (acid soil), compacted soil, wet soil, and low fertility. In order to grow grass, you will need to change all of these conditions. We have received many questions about moss recently because the very wet soil conditions last year/this spring have been favorable for it.

Start by doing a soil test. Then follow the recommendations for lime to correct the pH, and for fertilizer. In the future, your lawn should be fertilized every fall. Here is a comprehensive fact sheet that explains how to renovate your lawn and how to maintain it in the future. https://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_docs/programs/hgic/HGIC_Pubs/lawn_pubs/HG10...

Moss is native and considered a beautiful groundcover. If you don't need to have grass in this location, you might want to consider leaving it, at least as a groundcover around beds of shrubs or other plants.

Here are links to more information about moss in the landscape and what you can do. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/moss-your-landscape

http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/content/dam/pubs_ext_vt_edu/430/430-536/430-536_pdf.pdf

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