Growth of moss is usually associated with poor drainage, shade, low nutrient level and/or acidic soil.
Identify the problem
Moss needs moisture to grow but can survive periods of drought. It is usually associated with poor drainage, shade, low nutrient level and/or acidic soil. It is low growing and forms a spongy mat.
Since moss thrives in damp soil, it encroaches on areas that have poor drainage and where the soil is compacted. It can be found in almost any damp and shady area of your garden including lawns, garden beds, paths and driveways.
It is important to address the causes of your problem to prevent moss regrowth:
- Cut back any plants shading the affected area.
- Improve drainage in the area, this can be done by aerating soil with a spike or fork.
- If possible, keep off lawn when wet to prevent soil compaction.
- Moss growth can be a sign of poor nutrient levels in the soil and high acidity.
- Apply LawnPro 7 Day Green to fertilise soil and raise pH (make less acidic).
- Cut the lawn one day before treatment then spray with LawnPro Mossclear. Best to apply in Autumn or early winter before moss becomes to established and dense, though the product can be used throughout the year.
- Once sprayed, avoid cutting your lawn for as long as possible to allow the product to take effect.
- When moss has died, rake out of lawn and reseed lawn if necessary.
- In Spring or early Summer use LawnPro 7 Day Green on the lawn to promote grass growth and 'sweeten' soil by raising pH.
- Watch the video on How to Get Rid of Moss in Lawns
On hard surfaces
- For moss on hard surfaces, use SORTED Moss and Mould. This powerful targeted formulation kills damaging moss, mould, algae and lichen and it goes on to protect the surfaces all season long.
- Alternatively apply LawnPro Mossclear as directed. Best to apply in Autumn or early winter before moss becomes to established and dense, though the product can be used throughout the year.
- Once the moss has blackened it can be scraped off.
- Watch the video on How to Get Rid of Moss on Hard Surfaces
On Tree Bark
- For moss on tree bark apply Organic Super Sulphur as a protectant in Spring, Autumn & Winter and/or at first sign of moss.
- For a fast acting organic solution in garden beds or on hard surfaces use Weed Weapon Natural Power.
Did You Know
- Mosses do not have true leaves, stems or roots. They are simple plants with tissues that absorb moisture and nutrients through all parts.
- Mosses are in the division Bryophyta which formerly included liverworts and hornworts. Liverworts and hornworts are now placed in their own divisions.
- Soil test kits and meters are available for checking the soil pH. See McGregor's Moisture, Light and pH Meter.