How to Stop Moss From Growing in My Lawn

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Stop moss from growing in your lawn by removing the existing moss and by creating a future lawn environment that enables the growth of grass and disables the growth of moss. Moss is opportunistic, filling the void that bare patches on your lawn provide. Prevent future moss infestation of your lawn by opening up more direct sunlight, aerating the topsoil, and actively regulating the topsoil's PH balance.

Things You'll Need

  • Rake
  • Grass seed
  • Lawn lime

Short Term

  • Rake the moss-infested areas until the moss is completely removed. Mosses have shallow root systems that allow them to be easily raked away.

  • Plant grass seedlings in the previously moss-inhabited areas. Overseed the area with a dense, even covering of lawn grass seeds.

  • Cover the grass seeds with ¼ to ½ inch of clean topsoil.

  • Water the grass seeds for two to three weeks or until you see the grass sprouting above the topsoil.

Long Term

  • Trim away branches and low scrub to provide better sunlight to the lawn area. Concentrate your attention on areas of your lawn that are prone to moss growth.

  • Increase your topsoil's PH using lawn lime. Increasing PH is beneficial to the growth of grass and harmful to moss.

  • Aerate the lawn's topsoil every month by puncturing small holes into the topsoil. Aeration provides pathways for nutrients and water to reach grass roots and helps to create a rich, healthy topsoil environment.

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