moss control

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  1. ajay501

    ajay501 Member

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    I'm hoping to get some help in controlling the moss in my lawn. I plan to spray and power rake, but i'm in the dark about the variety to reseed with.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    On the topic of moss control itself, here's a search on the forums for [SEARCH]moss lawn[/SEARCH] - much has been said already.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Being in the dark is much of the problem. Moss grows where there is moisture, it has to have a film of water to reproduce. Most grasses on the other hand, need plenty of light. A location that tends to grow moss more than grass is probably too damp and shady for lawn.
     
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    Hi Bob
    Thanks for the tips. I thought there might be a grass for over seeding that might be better in a shadier location.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    First you would have to rake out moss, maybe add a layer of fresh soil and make other preparations. And even with shade tolerant fescues there is still the matter of why moss was able to take over that spot in the first place. Without looking I assume discussion at Daniel's link covers at least some pertinent variables.
     
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    Thanks Ron, I appreciate the help.
     
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    ajay,

    having lived in dense shade for years (no more, yay!!!), if you have a moss problem, you probably always will. We tried many, many things without luck. In the end, we just accepted it.

    To do it over again, as it was on the periphery of the lawn, I'd have turned it into a shade garden. But that was 'before'. I'll turn anything into a garden now...
     
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    I'm leaning toward doing just that. Thanks for the reply.
     
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    You are not alone, I have a southwestern exposed backyard, heavily shaded by huge trees from the neighbours...needless to say, we have a permanent moss garden in the lawn, which will eventually transform into a lush shade garden filled with Hosta,Daphne laureola, Helleborus o., Poltystichum...and on and on...now if the temperatures would warm up...
     

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