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There are several types of moss that grow in lawns and killing and removing it is only the first phase of keeping a moss free lawn.


The first step to a moss free lawn is to identify the causes. A lawn full of healthy, vigorous grass plants will keep the moss at bay all by itself without additional moss treatments.


Some of the most common cause are:


Once identified the problem needs to be addressed.


Poor drainage of the soil leading to wet ground.

Aeration is a good solution for small amounts of standing water but for larger problems digging of the area and adding some gravel will increase the drainage or it might be necessary to fit a proper drainage system to the area.


Excessive shade like areas around the base of trees.

If you definitely must have grass in shady areas then get a more shade tolerant grass seed and over seed the area.


Cutting the grass too short too often.

Cut it on higher setting. This will help the grass retain more moisture through dry times as well as promoting bigger growth.


Sparse growth of grass.

Seed it.


Ground compacted by heavy use.

Aeration and break off the top layer of the soil with a rake before reseeding.





Colchester Gardeners