The idea of moss can be a bit romantic if we’re talking about rocks or stumps in the woods, but not if we’re talking about our manicured lawn. Moss growths in it will easily catch your attention as they create patches where the moss absorbs any water that doesn’t reach the grass roots. It then dries out naturally. We’ll explain not only what moss feeds on, but also how to get rid of it.
Where does moss thrive?
Moss thrives in shady places. That’s why lawns that rarely get sunlight struggle more often with moss. After all, moss thrives much better in shade than grass. In general, not only shaded lawns are susceptible to moss, but also those that are mowed very frequently or are overloaded by walking or sport. These weakened lawns do not have the strength to thrive, cannot breathe and suffocate.
Basic rule: prevention first
Since moss can also be an indicator of soil acidity, the best thing to do is to sprinkle lime on it early in the year. This makes the soil less acidic, giving the lawn a chance to absorb more nutrients from the soil. It will also help if you fertilise the lawn in the dry season, either with a purchased mix or perhaps compost. At the same time, don’t mulch too often, as this creates thatch, which prevents nutrients from reaching the lawn. As moss thrives in the shade, you can spray the crowns of your trees so that the sun’s rays can reach the ground.
Removing moss from a lawn
One option is the mechanical route, where you remove moss from your lawn using a special rake. This will help aerate it, which is also done with a verticutter. This device cuts the turf and thus cleans the lawn. The second option is to use a chemical product. It is important to pay attention to what product you are buying. Not every product is environmentally friendly. Apply the product to the problem areas and leave it on. Then simply rake off the dead moss.
How to remove moss from gaps between tiles
Moss between tiles is much easier to remove than moss in grass. Combine one part vinegar and one part water in a plant sprayer. Then spray this product on areas where moss or weeds are present. Be careful to test the vinegar on a piece of tile first, as it may affect the colour of the tile.