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Remove moss in the lawn – you should pay attention to this!

Chemically remove iron sulphate from the lawn

Many gardeners face a big problem: moss in the lawn. It is a fast growing weed that has no root system and that reproduces through spores. Moss not only has a negative effect on the appearance of the lawn, it also makes it difficult for it to grow. In order to maintain the wonderful green and health of the lawn, it should be removed in good time after it is discovered. Read here how to remove the moss in the lawn and, above all, how you can prevent the problem in the future.

Causes of the appearance of moss – what is missing?

Moss in the lawn combat reasons

Moss is usually a sign of a lack of nutrients or waterlogging in the soil. To understand what caused moss to grow, analyze the conditions in your garden.

– The lack of nutrients weakens the lawn grasses, which leads to the spread of weeds.

– Lack of sun, the lawn is in the shade. Moss thrives excellently in shady locations.

– Waterlogging in the soil leads to the appearance and spread of moss. This category of problems includes the inconvenient location of the lawn and excessive watering of the lawn.

– An over-acidic soil provokes the appearance of moss. The correct pH of the lawn is crucial.

– Cutting the lawn too deeply is an additional factor that can weaken the lawn.

When is the best time to remove the moss??

moss in the grass shady location acidic soil

During the year there are two main periods for lawn growth: spring (April-May) and the other in autumn (September-October). So if you remove the moss in the spring or fall, the lawn can recover and grow thick and green again. Depending on the condition of the lawn, moss can be removed once or twice a year. If, after cleaning the moss, you find that a new one appears later in the year, you can remove it a second time. If you only get rid of the moss once a year, it’s best to do it in April. Sometimes spring comes early and you can get rid of the moss as late as March. Adapt to the weather conditions. Wait for dry weather and preferably dry soil.

Different ways to get rid of moss in the lawn

Mechanically remove moss in the lawn, rake

There are several ways to get rid of the moss in your lawn. Opinions differ as to which method is best.

Mechanically by scarifying

Moss can be removed mechanically by scarifying. Small lawns can be worked on with a scarifying rake. For larger lawns, work can be carried out with a scarifying machine or a lawn mower with a scarifying knife. Since the moss has no deep roots, this process can be done quickly and easily. The main thing is to scarify the entire area thoroughly.

Chemically remove moss in the lawn black

Chemicals

In addition to mechanical methods of combating moss, there are chemical, quite effective means. Herbicides containing glyphosate or ammonium / iron sulfate are used for this purpose.

For 100 square meters you need 100 g of iron sulfate (diluted in 10 liters of water). The liquid is preferably sprayed or poured onto the lawn in the morning. To work the lawn, wait for dry, calm weather. No thaw or rain should be predicted. Before processing, the lawn must be cut. In five to ten days after chemical processing, the moss on the lawn turns black and can be collected by raking.

Fight moss in the lawn with home remedies

moss in the lawn home remedy baking soda acidic soil

use baking powder, to combat moss in the lawn. 200 grams of baking powder are dissolved in two liters of lukewarm water. (100 grams of baking powder per liter of water). Put the solution in a spray bottle and spray the moss thoroughly. The best time for this treatment is in late winter and early spring. The baking soda prevents the moss from developing any further or from returning after drying. However, some report that this method has only a temporary effect. It’s definitely worth a try.

Washing-up liquid is also effective in removing moss and helping in prevention. Dissolve about 90 ml of detergent in 3.5 liters of water and spray on the moss.

Moss can also be used Apple Cider Vinegar fight. The minerals in apple cider vinegar also have an alkaline effect.

You can also use an acidic soil Wood ash neutralize. 30 grams per square meter is enough.

Determine the pH of your soil

Measure the ph value of moss in the lawn

The acidity (pH) of the soil is a very important factor in lawn growth. You can buy a soil pH test kit from appropriate stores or online.

If the pH is too low, the lawn grass will not be able to absorb all of its nutrients and will grow more slowly. Moss indicates acidic soil. The lime, which is basic, regulates the pH of the soil and improves the availability of nutrients. The ideal time for liming the lawn is in spring. Incidentally, this can also be done in autumn. If you wish, you can repeat the process in the middle of winter. The snow is not a problem. The lime will seep into the ground as the snow melts.

Tackling excessive soil moisture is another way to get rid of moss in your lawn. Perhaps there is a drainage problem in your yard. Water usually seeps slowly through clay soils. In this case, the soil must be loosened and its structure through Adding sand and humus be improved.

Fertilize the lawn

moss in the lawn which fertilizer seasons

It is advisable to fertilize the lawn about 6 weeks after liming. This provides extra protection against disease, helps the grass recover faster, and grow greener. A dense, healthy lawn is relatively resistant to moss.

Be aware that most fertilizers contain substances that could be harmful. After fertilizing, keep the children and pets away from the lawn for a few days until the fertilizer penetrates the soil. Always follow all instructions on the product packaging.

What fertilizer?

Make sure that there is also lawn fertilizer for the different seasons:

autumn – Mineral fertilizers with potassium and phosphorus

spring – Mineral lawn fertilizer with nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus, for example in a ratio of 10-5-10

summer – Long-term fertilizer with a high nitrogen content

Prevent the appearance of moss in the lawn

Moss in the lawn limestone spring autumn

To prevent moss, the lawn should be cared for a little more laboriously. Here are some things you can do:

To prevent the appearance of moss, you do not need to leave the clippings standing after mowing the lawn, but remove them immediately. You should therefore refrain from mulching. In addition, fallen leaves must be regularly taken care of by the lawn.

Mow the lawn regularly (at least once a week), but not too deeply. If your lawn is in the shade most of the day, shorten it to 2-3 cm. If the lawn is mainly used as a play area by children or pets, you can leave the grass a little higher. Adjust the cutting height to 4-5 cm.

If you lime the lawn in October and February every year, the pH of the soil won’t be too low. First, do a soil test to determine the pH of your soil.

Moss in the lawn is a sign of nutrient deficiency and acidic soil