When moss begins to encroach onto our lawn areas, it is not only a problem for us in that it causes an unsightly and ugly appearance to our turf, it is also a symptom telling us that something is very wrong in the area where the moss is growing. When we focus more to recognize the moss as a symptom of problems which need to be addressed and rectified, then not only can we permanently keep the moss from our lawns, but we can also have a healthier and more appealing lawn overall.
Treatment and control of moss in lawns is fairly straightforward and easy, while simultaneously improving the quality of the lawn itself.
Reasons For Moss Growing In Lawns
By first understanding why moss is growing, we can also understand the correlation of what is happening in the health of the lawn that it is allowing the moss to grow at all.
Moss thrives and grows in soil conditions that are usually moist and wet and heavily shaded. While in contrast, lawns will not tolerate growing under those same conditions of excessive moisture and combined shade. So with this in mind, if we have moss in our lawn, then we have optimal growing conditions for that moss to thrive, while also having the same conditions which causes lawns to deteriorate in health and to die off while living under those same environmental conditions ant killer for lawns .
So by removing the problematic conditions that cause moss to grow, we simultaneously improve the conditions in which lawns will grow and thrive. The purpose of this article then will be to improve environmental conditions to most greatly favor the lawn, while becoming the most hostile in which moss can grow, thereby removing the moss problem altogether and improving lawn health.
Excessive Shade On Lawns
The number one environmental condition that favors moss and weakens lawns is when there is too much shade covering any lawn area. Therefore removing excessive shade is our highest priority to tackle the problem of moss in lawns.
Prune back all excessive growth from trees and shrubs to increase the amount of direct sunlight to the affected lawn area as much as possible. The more direct sunlight we can bring onto the lawn, the better. Moss will not grow in direct sun, and lawns love direct sunlight.
Continue to remove all other environmental conditions in the yard which may be causing excessive shade onto the lawn. This may be any type of shelter, fencing, shed, or other structure that can be moved to another place in the yard. Whatever object that can be moved away from the lawn, which is causing shade to the lawn, should be moved.
In areas where there is shade caused by objects which cannot be moved, like permanent fencing, a fixed shed or even the side of the house itself, then it may be a better option to remove the lawn altogether in that area and plant a shade tolerant garden bed, or to add paving, or outdoor storage or similar to that area, and to remove the lawn permanently.