I used up a whole bucket of Evergreen for my back garden (as instructed by
the direction, and in right conditions), in an attempt to kill off the moss
in my garden lawn.
I can hardly see any difference in the lawn, no blackening of the moss or
anything. Anyone has experience of using Evergreen.
Any other better ideas to weed out all those moss in my lawn.
You need either a spring tine rake or a scarifier attachment to your lawn
mower. If you go for the rake, you need a strong one, and it's hard work.
The thin flimsy things you see in the budget shops can't handle it.
Anyway, see you in uk.rec.gardening?
Moss on lawns is caused by poor drainage - just removing the existing moss
wont solve the underlying problem; the lawn needs proper aeration or the
moss will soon return.
I'd therefore recommend you first kill the existing moss cheaply by applying
ready made lawn sand - which contains ferrous sulphate. Even cheaper, buy a
couple of bags of ferrous sulphate from any garden centre (light green
powder) and dissolve approx one cupful to a watering can of tepid water and
water it sparingly covering the whole lawn. This will kill the moss within
15 minutes turning the moss black and making the grass a bit darker green.
If the 1st application does not do this then repeat until it does. The lawn
will soon recover its usual green colour as the remaining ferrous sulphate
After that hire an electric lawn scarifier (hand scarifiers are much too
much like hard work) and use it to clear the lawn of dead moss and old grass
thatch - you will be amazed how much it will collect so have several strong
garden waste bags handy to dispose of it all. ( Do NOT try to compost this
waste) Finally also hire a plug type aerator to take slim plugs of earth
from all over the lawn every few inches and thus improve the drainage. The
experts also recommend that you fill these holes with sharp sand to keep the
air holes open.
Next spring you should be rewarded with a lush green and fairly moss free
Pain in the proverbial I know, but short of replacing the whole lawn and
drainage system, its the only way to get rid of moss and keep it at bay.
Hope this helps
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