So as the title suggests this weeks blog is about how to remove moss from your lawn and maybe offer some tips on how to prevent it returning.
Sow Your Seed Gardens are based in Maidstone Kent, which for those of you who don’t know is in the south east corner of out little island. We, like many other parts of the UK received an incredible amount of rainfall over the winter months. This has lead to many garden owners noticing that their lawns are now over run with moss.
So what causes this little problem plant?
Well we can be blamed for some of the issues:
Scalping the lawn, due to poor mowing technique and having the mower blade set too low causing it to catch and leave a bald patch on the lawn.
Infrequent Cutting, as mentioned in a previous blog a lawn when growing needs regular cutting. This should be at least once and week and sometimes more often when the conditions suit. Only cutting every so often leaves the roots of the grass plant weak and susceptible to disease.
Not repairing damage, if you use your lawn as a practise area for your pitching wedge or with the damage as a result of poor mowing you should mix grass seed with a little lawn soil and repair any issues or moss will take advantage of the bare patches.
Not aerating heavy use areas,
Not removing fallen leaves in the autumn,
Not removing thatch build up,
Nature is also to blame for some issues such as:
Clay or poor draining soil
Wet local climate
So what is the answer? How do we rid out gardens of moss?
Well many people will head straight off to their local DIY stores to purchase an off the shelf weed and feed. To a degree this will work, it will turn your moss black and kill it off. However these products are not as effective as single purpose products. An application of Ferrous Sulphate, in the correct dosages and by a lawn care professional would be much more effective than an off the shelf product.
I believe that moss killer should be a last resort and that you need to fix the issues that have lead to moss developing in the first place. If you have been guilty of any of the above mentioned problems then that should be the place you start. If that is not the cause then we need to look at the condition of the soil in your garden.
In order to have a healthy lawn we need healthy soil for it to grow in. The soil should have the ability to drain surface water but to also retain some moisture and air in order to aid root development.
Aerate the lawn, this is a process whereby holes are punched into the lawn. This can be done with a fork or spike shoes or with a hollow tine machine. This process will relieve compression in the soil and allow for better air and water circulation therefore aiding the root development of the grass.
Feed the lawn, fertilising the lawn is important. Just think how much wear and tear you lawn goes through, the children playing football, us walking all over it and the stress of it being cut once a week throughout the year. A properly fertilised lawn will be lush and greener. The roots will be deeper and stronger therefore the grass will be thicker and this will make it harder for weeds to take hold.
Mowing techniques, check our previous post for help with mowing but remember to not mow too short and to do it regularly to encourage strong healthy growth.
Scarify to remove thatch, the build up of thatch, which is dead organic matter that lays between the soil and the the actively growing grass, will stop air, water and sunlight from reaching the soil. It is easily removed with a spring rake in smaller gardens or with a powered scarifier for bigger gardens and will allow more nutrients to reach the roots of the grass.
Hopefully this blog will help you with some problems that you may have. We can do a lot to prevent moss. Remember a healthy lawn with good practises will allow grass to thrive which means moss won’t get a look in.
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