Getting Rid Of Moss From Your Lawn
In order to get rid of moss in your lawn, you are going to need to evaluate a few things. If you have started to notice your lawn fill up with patches of moss, it’s time to fix it. Most likely this isn’t the first time the moss has appeared on your lawn, so understanding why it keeps coming back is important. Shaded lawns are the most susceptible to moss growth. Moss has a hard time surviving in direct sunlight, so a patch of grass that is covered by trees is highly likely to develop moss. Moss growth also indicates that the soil PH is too low or too acidic. What most lawn care companies do is apply a lime treatment to lawns filled with moss which raises the PH and makes it less acidic.
Why Choose Lime?
A soil PH that is completely neutral is 7.0. When the soil PH drops below 7.0, it becomes acidic. Almost all grasses especially in Pennsylvania, like to grow in a PH between 5.5 and 6.5. A lawn can become acidic a few different ways, but the two most common reasons for moss are shade and moisture. Sections of your lawn may have poor drainage which retains more moisture and leads to moss growth. Applying lime treatments after the lawn has been aerated is the best way to get rid of moss in your lawn. Once the lime has been applied, the battle isn’t over just yet. We recommend first raking your lawn with a hard rake and trying to remove the moss. After the moss has been disrupted, follow it with an aeration, and a lime application to get rid of moss in your lawn.
Filling In The Bare Spots
After the moss spots have been raked and aerated, It’s important that over seeding and lime are both applied. Just spreading some lime on your lawn won’t make grass grow; grass seed needs to be spread! If the moss is prevalent in shady areas, applying a grass seed that need direct sunlight is a waste of time. Planting fine fescue grass is the best option for shady lawns in PA. As long as the shaded area receives around three hours of sunlight, fine fescue should be able to be established. It’s worth considering pruning your trees so that your lawn can receive more sunlight, and avoid moss growth. If you have shrubs that are low hanging and create large shady spots on your grass, pruning them will also help fight moss growth around them.
Moss In Areas Of Your Lawn That Get Direct Sunlight
While moss isn’t typically found in areas of grass that get direct sunlight, we have seen it happen. Usually it’s because the lawn is new and is struggling to adjust to the correct PH level, or the soil is extremely compacted. If you have not aerated the lawn in a few years, the soil becomes more and more compact. Regular aeration in the fall will prevent your soil from becoming too compact and unable to properly drain rain water. If heavy equipment or cars have been driving on your lawn, this can also make your lawn too compact.
When To Get Rid Of Moss In Your Lawn
The earlier the better. Treating your lawn with lime when the ground is too cold will not be beneficial, but lime treatments can start as soon as the ground thaws. March is probably too early in Pennsylvania, but applying lime in early April is the most ideal time. Lime can take between four an six months to completely rid a lawn of moss, so the process takes time. Raking it with a hard rake first, aerating, and seeding those patches will make quick work of the moss. Contact us today for all of your lawn maintenance needs!