Understanding Lawn Moss: Why Did it Come & Why Would it Stay

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Lawn Moss

We all have had to deal with lawn weeds at some point in our lives. However, lawn moss is less common. This fuzzy ground cover thrives when it is moist and in cool temperatures. It will replace the areas where grass is thin.

Although moss looks beautiful as a soft carpet in thick forests, it is not something you want to have on your lawn. Here are some reasons that moss might grow in your yard. Also, how to get rid.

Environment built for Moss

Moss thrives in cool, damp soil so it will grow best in areas that are shaded. It also loves low-lying areas where water accumulates after heavy rains. Poor drainage makes it easy to grow lawn moss.

Eliminate the immediate problem

To ensure your grass is free from lawn moss, remove any moss. You can use a rake to vigorously rake the moss. It should look like a rug. It doesn’t need roots to get out of the soil. Lawn moss is resilient and will quickly reestablish its roots if your yard conditions do not change.

Find out Why Moss Is Growing

To ensure that moss doesn’t grow again after you have removed it, you must first determine what caused it to grow. A hostile environment is the ideal environment for moss growth.

It is important to address the root cause of the problem. You can have great growth conditions for moss by avoiding certain nutrients, low drainage, excessive shade, poor drainage and a low pH.

Find the “Why”

You can help your grass get rid of the low nutrients it is receiving by fertilizing it regularly. This blog will show you how. You can reduce excessive shade by trimming back trees, or even removing them completely.

It may be necessary to test your soil to determine the pH level. Lime would be helpful to neutralize soil that is acidic (lower pH level). Because moss loves acidic soils, neutralizing them would be a good way to get rid of lawn moss. 

Fixing drainage issues

It takes a little more work to correct poor drainage. After heavy rains, standing water may be visible in your yard. Or maybe there is a lot more clay in the soil. This could indicate poor drainage or increase the attraction for lawn moss.

Alternativly, moss can also grow if the soil is too compacted or covered with thatch. You can correct poor drainage by amending the soil with more loam or aerating it.

Take care of your lawn

These steps will help you to remove lawn moss and then to eliminate the cause. Although moss might not appear to be affecting your grass, it can. To ensure that your lawn remains green and healthy, you must remove moss.

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