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#1 Jeff Morris

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Posted April 04 2005 - 4:40 PM

Getting some moss spots under the trees. Do you have to rip it up and replant grass seed? How do you kill it, can it be stopped? Does lime kill it?
Does the Scotts lawn care stop moss and onions?
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Posted April 04 2005 - 5:55 PM

Low sunlight, moist to wet soil, low pH, and low nutrient levels all contribute to moss growth.

You have to kill the moss with one of the commercially available products (there is a granular application I used that worked fairly well). Alternatively, some elbow grease and an iron rake can get rid of it. Getting rid of it is the easy part. It's keeping it away that is tough. Add lime to increase the pH, add fertilizer, and plant a low light, high moisture tolerant grass. If the grass doesn't get a foothold, the moss will come back. If you can't fix the problems that resulted in the moss appearing in the first place, after you get rid of the moss, plant a shade tolerant ground cover in its place, such as pachysandra, or a ground covering ivy.

Good luck. I gave up with it. You don't have to mow it, and it provides ground cover.

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Posted April 04 2005 - 9:05 PM

Ditto;

Scotts makes "Moss Control Granules" which do kill the moss but don't harm the lawn. The moss turns black after a coupla days, then you have to rake it up. Then, amend the soil and plant grass if that's the way you wanna go.

But I gave up, too. Moss is green, blocks out weeds, and never needs to be mowed. Before you go on an anti-moss crusade, count your blessings!

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Posted April 05 2005 - 5:40 AM

Sage advice... leaving the moss.
We mowed just a couple times all last year. It is a bit woodsey here so it is a good match.

My wife was a bit dissapointed as I bought her a new Zero Turn Husky and she did not get to use it enough.

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Posted April 05 2005 - 8:19 AM

Vinny is correct, the situation you describe is a natural for moss. The suggestion to consider ground covers is good as well. You might consider a shade garden/planting area. Shade tolerant ground cover, hosta, hardy ferns, can be real attractive and easy to keep up with.

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Posted April 05 2005 - 10:33 AM

Jeff, just rinse out your bait cooler in the general vicinity. That should wipe out every living thing within at least 30 yards

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Posted April 05 2005 - 6:03 PM


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Originally posted by Sudsy:
Jeff, just rinse out your bait cooler in the general vicinity. That should wipe out every living thing within at least 30 yards


I heard someone called the EPA the last time he opened that cooler to clean it.

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Posted April 05 2005 - 7:15 PM

yea, well, if's that the case, then maybe you should just lay down there too then,...Mr Helper.
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Posted April 06 2005 - 3:42 PM

Jeff, if moss is growing there then nothing else really will except for ferns. Grass might sprout a few shoots, but even shade tolerant grass will die sooner rather then later in that area.
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Posted April 06 2005 - 5:01 PM

Jeff - Dig out the spot where the Moss is growing down about six inches and put the dirt you took out into a bucket or tub.

Mix the dirt you took out with an equal amount of potting soil and put it back into the hole and tamp it down really good..

Visit a local garden place and see if they carry "Belle Meade Mix Grass Seed" If you can't find a place that carries it let me know and I'll bring you some Saturday.

Places like Agway usually carry it and its really inexpensive. Heavy seed the area and extend it beyond where you dug up.

Water well and you should be all set.

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Posted April 07 2005 - 2:20 PM


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Originally posted by 8ball:
Jeff - Dig out the spot where the Moss is growing down about six inches and put the dirt you took out into a bucket or tub.

Mix the dirt you took out with an equal amount of potting soil and put it back into the hole and tamp it down really good..

Visit a local garden place and see if they carry "Belle Meade Mix Grass Seed" If you can't find a place that carries it let me know and I'll bring you some Saturday.

Places like Agway usually carry it and its really inexpensive. Heavy seed the area and extend it beyond where you dug up.

Water well and you should be all set.



Potting soil isn't going to effect pH or nutrient levels. If you want to do it right, you need to amend the soil to get rid of other conditions (besides low light) that are contributing to moss growth. Digging down is not a bad idea, put when putting back, make sure you add what was missing that contributed to the moss growth.....

You can get the soil tested here:

http://www.rcre.rutgers.edu/services/

to see what you need to add to make it "better" for grass growth.