Solving Moss Problems in Lawns
ProLawnPlus provides professional lawn care and tree/shrub services for Maryland residents in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County, in addition to portions of Harford and Carroll Counties.
Moss invading lawns can be a common problem. There are many potential causes, including excessive shade, compacted and poorly drained soils, low soil fertility, high or low soil pH, and poor air circulation.
Adding limestone is a common “remedy” mentioned for moss control, but is not suggested unless a soil test has shown the pH needs to be raised. Raking out moss is another option; usually followed by aeration to reduce soil compaction and reseeding.
Other solutions would be in making modifications to the site to favor turf grasses and discourage moss. Too much shade for acceptable grass growth is the most common underlying cause for moss invasion. Pruning trees and shrubs to improve air circulation and light penetration is a good starting point.
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