Why have I got a moss lawn instead of grass?

Moss is a non-flowering sponge-like plant that spreads like wild-fire in the right environment.  In the UK, rainy weather in our sheltered back-gardens makes it a common problem.   If you’ve more moss than grass, here are a few helpful hints.

Cutting too short

Mowing your lawn any shorter than 2.5cm (1in) can cause moss.  Cutting too short weakens the grass, allowing moss to spread easily.  You should keep grass blades longer, yet mow more regularly because it encourages the spread of grass plants.

Drainage

Moss thrives in damp conditions.  The plant must have a damp environment to grow because it has it has no water-proofing systems to prevent its tissue water evaporating.  It also needs surrounding water to reproduce.  Try spiking to improve drainage.

Shady areas

If you have shaded or sheltered areas that get little or no sun or wind to dry out the lawn, you’ll get problems.  Try to cut back shrubs, hedges and trees to reduce shade.

Low nutrient level

If your grass is unhealthy due to poor soil conditions, moss can take over.  Treat your lawn, preferably with a product that contains moss killer.

Ever thought about faking it?

To maintain a neat, tidy, moss-free lawn takes a lot of work.  If you have a North facing garden or very poor drainage, you may be fighting a losing battle.  Have you ever considered artificial grass?  You can finally have a beautiful lush green lawn, with no weeds, moss or patching.  And there’s virtually no maintenance.

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