The whole side of my house lawn is overtaken with moss. It had never had
any real decent grass and last year it was mostly weeds and moss. This
Spring it looks like 99 % moss.
Last year I tried putting lime down and either I didn't use enough or it did
not soak into the earth.
The ground is fairly hard so maybe it needs to be aerated first. There are
a fair amount of trees present and some of the roots are showing through.
How do I get rid of moss and replace with grass?
I don't want to do sod as that would be too expensive. I'd still have to
treat the underlaying ground though.
Is the best approach to till the entire area and plant seed? Do I rid the
ground of moss first?
I'm soooo confused.
Any help is appreciated.
As Sunflower said , It sounds like you realy should not even try to
grow grass . Maples and other trees have shallow roots that kill most
anything . Plant a rock and shade garden you cant win if the area
doesn`t like grass. Oh you can get it to grow, for a while, but next
year it will be the same , not worth a loosing battle.
If you want to get rid of moss, use lime. That's *real* lime, not the
powdered limeSTONE (i.e., ground up seashells) that you find in most
garden centers. Try a tile supply place. "Hydrated" lime is OK, but is
chemically list active than the traditional "anhydrous" type. The
latter is probably only available from a chemical supply place. Real
lime was used in outhouses and by crooks to get rid of the bodies!
Hydrated lime seems to work OK on moss. It takes a full year. More
sunlight helps. Add grass seed and fertilizer.
Our local lawn expert recommends killing moss by fertilizing with potassium
(0-0-60). I buy the high potassium fertilizer (0 - 0 - 60), make a
saturated solution, then spray it on the moss with a hand sprayer.
Does a fine job of killing it within a few days.
Making grass grow is a different story. You need some sun, and the tree
roots will eventually kill most grasses. Look for a "shady mix" type seed
and try to cut the tree roots somehow ("root prune"). You may have to
re-seed every spring.
Like Rosie said, dont fight nature plant what the area likes. Grass will
be a yearly continual major expense of seed and more seed. A garden is
less maintenance and nicer if done right. Moss varities are sold and
used by many, why kill what you have or what grows maintenance free. I
learned the hard way killing moss and going grass, now ive gone back to
Hostas since the grass never lasted and always was thin even with the
best Scotts shade seed. Now I wish I didn`t use Round up on the moss.
Get a shade garden book and go to your local nursery .
why not quit fighting it and work with what you have?
plant hosta in a circle around each tree and carpet the rest in
no more work and no more grief!
: The whole side of my house lawn is overtaken with moss. It had
: any real decent grass and last year it was mostly weeds and moss.
: Spring it looks like 99 % moss.
: Last year I tried putting lime down and either I didn't use enough
or it did
: not soak into the earth.
: The ground is fairly hard so maybe it needs to be aerated first.
: a fair amount of trees present and some of the roots are showing
: How do I get rid of moss and replace with grass?
: I don't want to do sod as that would be too expensive. I'd still
: treat the underlaying ground though.
: Is the best approach to till the entire area and plant seed? Do I
: ground of moss first?
: I'm soooo confused.
: Any help is appreciated.
Moss grows in a lawn because the environmental conditions in that area
favor it - - and do not favor grass. What does moss like? Shade, clay
soil and lots of moisture. What does grass hate? Shade, clay soil and
lots of moisture! If you eliminate the three environmental conditions
that moss favors, the moss will disappear. When you next re-seed, add
plenty of soil conditioner to the ground before rototilling it. Remove
lower tree limbs that cause shade. Redirect water that flows across the
fescue lawn. If you can accomplish that, the moss will be no obstacle
for your grass.
Products that contain ferrous sulfate or copper sulfate kill moss for a
short time. Although moss prefers acid soil rather than alkaline soil,
liming a lawn has little to do with moss control. If you change the
environment, moss will leave.
It's hard to give advice on situations like this when so little is
known. Grass can grow nicely in partial shade, but you need to use
varieties like creeping fescue that are suited to shade. There are
some excellent shade mixes available. However, it all depends on how
much shade and the climate. For example, an area that is on the
north side of a house that gets zero direct sunlight is virtually
impossible to grow grass in. Areas that get some filtered light for at
least part of the day can support shade tolerant grass.
The tree surface roots are a major problem. Some species, eg maple
varieties, are known for having surface roots. These suck up the
moisture and nutrients and make it virtually impossible to grow grass.
You also can't use a tiller or aerator on these areas. If you're gonna
try to grow grass in shade, make sure you thin out the trees with
surface roots first. You can also thin out the tops of some of the
existing trees to get more light in.
As for killing the moss, if you're gonna seed anyway, I'd use roundup
to kill the moss/weeds, then go from there. But the bigger problem is
figuring out what the area really can support, getting the proper soil,
adjusting the PH, etc. Getting some professional advice may be the
I have moss growing under my pine trees. I tried planting grass but
it won't grow there so I accepted the moss as a ground cover, which is
better than bare dirt. Anyways, moss likes shade, acidic soil and
moisture--eliminating 2 of these three will make it die back. If you
want to grow grass, the area will need at least 4 hours of sun per
day--8 hours is better. Your first step would probably be some tree
(and roots) removal.
On Sat, 16 Apr 2005 16:20:09 -0400, "Walter Cohen"
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