How to Kill Moss With Natural Methods

Save

While some people might think moss growing on a lawn is a soft, attractive ground cover, too much moss in a lawn can choke the grass. Moss growing on bricks or pavers can give a garden a lush, old-fashioned look, but it's also dangerously slippery when wet. Moss grows anywhere that is wet, shady, or acidic. Getting rid of moss can be as easy as raking it or pulling it up by hand, but if the conditions are right for moss growth, it will keep coming back.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Grass seed
  • Hedge trimmers
  • Saw
  • Lime
  • Nitrogen-rich fertilizer
  • Digging fork
  • Aerator
  • Shovel
  • Dish soap
  • Water
  • Rake moss out of a lawn, or pull the moss up by hand. Look at the problem areas and to determine the cause of moss growth. Reseed bare areas left by the moss in your lawn.

  • Use a hedge trimmer to cut back shrubs. Trimming shrubs in mossy areas can prevent regrowth because moss prefers shade. Consider sawing off tree branches that create a lot of shade. If your house or another building is creating the shade, you will have to regularly remove the moss by hand if you don't want to apply dangerous chemical moss killers that also kill grass.

  • Fertilize your lawn. Fertilizing the lawn with lime creates an alkaline environment in which moss can't grow. A nitrogen-rich lawn fertilizer supports good lawn growth, which will help the grass out-compete the moss.

  • Make sure your lawn has good drainage because moss thrives in wet and damp places. You can aerate your lawn by hand by making small holes in it with a digging fork. For large lawns, consider renting a mechanical lawn aerator.

  • Find out what grass species grow best in your area and seed your lawn with these once a year. A healthy lawn has a better chance of overtaking moss.

  • Scrape moss off bricks and pavers with a rake or flat-head shovel or pull the moss out by hand. If there is a lot of moss, douse it with a 25/75 solution of dish soap and water. This solution kills the moss to make it easier to wash away, but it won't prevent regrowth, especially if the area is shaded or damp.

References

Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

Resources

You May Also Like

  • How to Kill Moss With Vinegar

    Vinegar can be used as an herbicide and pesticide. It is an inexpensive, and environmentally safe, alternative to chemical products. According to...

  • How to Kill Moss With Dawn Ultra

    Dawn Ultra liquid dish washing detergent can be used to kill moss when diluted with water and sprayed under pressure. Soapy liquid...

  • What to Put on a Lawn to Kill Moss

    Mosses are small green plants that have thin stems and are densely covered with leaves approximately 1/16 to 1/8 inches long. Generally,...

  • Does Dawn Dish Soap Kill Bugs in Your Garden?

    Aphids, spider mites and white flies are all common garden pests that can ruin your garden. There are numerous fogs and insecticides...

  • Natural Way to Kill Moss

    Mosses are primitive green plants that start as spores carried into your garden by the wind. If conditions are just right, these...

  • Home Remedy for Killing Moss in Lawns

    Moss is a mass of very small plants called bryophytes that can become troublesome in lawns, according to the Washington Toxics Coalition....

  • Natural Way to Control Moss in Ponds

    Pond moss occurs in even the most well-balanced ponds. This form of algae, also known as filamentous algae, resembles green fur and...

Related Searches

Check It Out

How to Make a Vertical Clay Pot Garden

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!