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
- Grass seed
- Hedge trimmers
- Nitrogen-rich fertilizer
- Digging fork
- Dish soap
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.