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How to prevent & treat moss growing in your lawn

Lawn Care Tips | Posted on January 10, 2020 at 11:02 am by

If you want a manicured lawn, moss and its partners in crime like clover and daisies are likely to be among your sworn enemies.

Removing a severe infestation of moss can leave your lawn looking patchy and reveal the areas where the moss had completely replaced the grass.

It is often in such circumstances that customers come to us looking to returf their lawn with fresh, moss-free turf.

But once your new turf lawn has been laid, how do you prevent moss from growing in it, and how do you treat it if it does?

Best laid plans

Like many things in life, prevention is better than cure when it comes to moss in your lawn, so make sure you follow the best laid plans for the best laid turf.

Moss thrives in damp conditions, so prepare the ground for better drainage before you lay any turf on top.

Incorporating sandy soil improves drainage and can help to make damp soil a little drier, so if you have had severe problems with moss in the past, this could be a good option.

When your turf is laid, fill in any small gaps with compost or sandy soil to encourage the grass to knit across those joins and create a consistent barrier against moss.

Find out more in our guide How to Lay Turf or let us take care of it with our professional lawn laying service.

Once it’s laid

Healthy grass is the best way to resist moss growth, so keep your lawn fed, fertilised and well watered depending on the weather conditions.

During wet times of year, turn your attention to drainage instead. Aerate or rotovate the surface of the lawn to encourage standing water to penetrate deeper into the soil.

Regularly scarify your lawn to remove thatch from around the grass roots and keep your grass healthy and more resistant to invaders like moss.

Carbutts Gold Standard Turf is a good option if you have pets or children as it recovers quickly from light surface damage, which should help keep your lawn more resistant to moss too.

If moss appears

Be on the lookout for moss especially in any damp or shady areas of your lawn, but don’t panic if you see it – it can usually be removed without major damage to your grass.

Scarification will lift out a lot of moss growth, so just making this a regular part of your lawn maintenance should mean you see less moss over time.

If you don’t want to use chemical weedkillers, look for lawn fertilisers that include anti-moss bacteria.

These not only feed your grass, they also digest moss in place over the course of 7-10 days after application, so by the time you come to mow your lawn again, the moss should be gone.

Ultimately, good healthy grass is your first line of defence against unwanted growth like moss, clover, daisies and other lawn invaders, so lay your turf well and treat your lawn right to give it the best start in life.

If you need a fresh lawn, call us today on 01477 532594, we’ll professionally lay fresh cut turves to give your garden a makeover.