Moss can often be found in lawns where drainage is poor; the soil is compacted and low in nutrients. Treatment and moss removal by lawn scarification will be required in most instances.
Moss can be a perennial problem in many lawns. The only way to really eliminate moss from your lawn is to eliminate the conditions conducive to moss growth. Lawn aeration can be the key to effective moss control as it will improve drainage and alter the conditions that moss needs to develop.
The moss control products that TruGreen® Lawn Care specialists use are specifically designed to help control moss. They may be granular or liquid and may or may not be combined with fertiliser, depending on the time of year and the specific requirements of your lawn. These products are only available to lawn care professionals.
Areas of turf that are shaded by buildings or trees are quite problematical but may also respond well if drainage is improved and the shade can be minimised with pruning, etc.
TruGreen want to help you understand your lawn problems and be able to identify specific types of lawn disease before you call on our services. We have developed an explaination of the most common questions relating to Moss and how to treat it:
What is moss?
Moss is something that every lawn will have to deal with at one time or another. Moss will manifest itself as a non flowering plant and will choke out the grasses, as well as starving the grasses of the required nutrients. There are various reasons for the build up of moss in the lawn, but very damp and shaded areas are at most risk.
Common causes for moss
- Excessive moisture
- Clay soil/Compaction
- Poor drainage
- Excessive thatch
Why do you need to treat the turf for moss?
It is vital that moss is treated regularly before it reaches the stage where the moss chokes out the grass. It is also unsightly as it is very much lighter in colour than that of the grass plant. A regime of chemical treatment, scarification and aeration will keep the moss to a minimum and allow for the grasses to grow and thicken.
Regular scarification will also help in treating moss as this will reduce the thatch layer which if left to build becomes an ideal growing medium for the development of moss.
Ways of treating moss
When to treat moss in turf?
There are two main periods in the year when moss treatment is recommended. Firstly there is the spring period, as moss may have become infested in the lawn over the winter period, especially if you have not previously had any form of moss control. The moss will need to be removed at this time of the year to allow for a good quality lawn to be achieved during the summer months. The second period of the year when moss can be successfully treated is in the early autumn. This can be necessary after a wet summer and will allow the lawn to be in the best possible condition at the start of the following year.
Best time of the year to treat moss
- Early spring
- Early autumn
For quality Moss Control choose TruGreen?
- By visiting your lawn regularly, we can identify problems whilst they are still small and treat them before they cause serious damage.
- Our extensive experience has shown that a lawn thrives with multiple feedings – because we’re there regularly, we can customise the treatments to the needs of your lawn each time we visit.
- With 35 years experience, we’re also the world’ largest lawncare company.
- Our professional technicians are licensed to provide weed and moss control, lawn fertilisation, aeration, scarification and disease treatments plus much, much more.
Turn your lawn into a stripy success no matter what condition your lawn is in, we can work towards getting it back into shape so that you can enjoy it. Why not give TruGreen a call today on 0845 2011187 or find your local TruGreen business.