Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Getting Rid of Moss in Lawns

photo by Brian Cross

Crabapple LandscapExperts lawn care services create a thick, healthy lawn for their commercial clients, with no room for moss to grow. However, homeowners sometimes ask about getting rid of moss in their home lawns. 

First, What is Moss?

What Causes the Growth of Moss in Turf?
CrabappleLandscapExperts can determine the causes of moss in your lawn. The following chart shows the causes of moss as well as ways to eliminate moss through cultural controls.  



CAUSES OF MOSS GROWTH

CRABAPPLE CULTURAL CONTROLS
Dense Shade

Limb up or remove trees to allow more sunlight
Decreased Air Circulation

Evaluate placement of woody ornamentals
Compacted Soils

Till or aerate soil
Infertile Soils

Add compost
Acidic Soils with Low pH

Treat with dolomitic lime
Wrong choice of turf (bare spots)

Select the proper shade-tolerant variety of lawn
Excess Moisture

Add drainage
Shallow roots
Rake out moss with a landscape rake
Drainage Problems
Mix Permatill or small gravel with the soil or add drainage tiles, drainage ditch or dry creek bed
Excessive Thatch

Dethatch the area and remove the thatch

Crabapple LandscapExperts will be happy to consult on your commercial landscape. Please phone us at 770-740-9739. 

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