How to tackle moss in your lawn

John Shannon. INLT 13-802-CON
John Shannon. INLT 13-802-CON

Moss is the number one problem in our lawns. Why do we get so much moss? The simple answer is too much rain, and as we have no control over the weather we have

to deal with the moss.

We can improve the drainage in our lawns, or kill the moss.

You must kill the moss before scarifying the lawn. There are a range of products which will kill the moss and stimulate the grass to grow in the areas where you have killed the moss off.

The following products are all available: Evergreen Moss kill with Lawn Food, Westland Aftercut All-in-One, Evergreen Complete, Evergreen Moss Kill soluble, and Sulphate of Iron.

Once you have applied the product, the moss should turn black and all this needs removing, using a lawn rake or lawn scarifying machine.

After clearing all the dead moss away, your lawn will look a mess (short term pain, long term gain).

The next job is to over-seed the lawn with grass seed then very lightly cover the seed with seeding soil to ensure good germination. Keep the lawn watered as required until the seed starts to grow.

If you have used a product without lawn feed, stimulate the grass to thicken and grow with Westland Aftercut Lawn Thickener.

Improving the drainage will help to reduce moss in the future. Hollow tyning is the best method. This removes cores of soil from the lawn (about the size of a sausage). Brush into the holes a free-draining mixture of 50% horticultural grit and 50% screened top soil.

Another method is to use a digging fork, pushing it into the lawn and move it about to make a hole, and adding the grit and screened top soil. A hand-held lawn spiking tool is also available.

For more information, contact the Inver Garden Centre.