What Is Moss?
Mosses are small flowerless plants which have no true roots, stems or leaves hence why they can grow in areas which most other plants cannot. There are over 12,000 different species of moss found throughout the world on all types of surface including lawns and driveways.
Why Should You Remove Moss?
Moss competes with the grass blocking light and restricting airflow. Due to this, a thick carpet of moss in grass prevents grass growth, looks unsightly and encourages disease.
On sports surfaces moss can create a spongy surface which reduces ball bounce and slows ball roll. It can also lead to pitch mark problems on golf greens.
How To Remove Moss From Grass
Moss treatment should take place in autumn or early spring. Apply an Iron based product such as Iron Sulphate or soluble Ferro-Gem. You can also apply a fertiliser which contains iron such as Moss Top to do two jobs – fertilise the grass and treat the moss. Our MossTop is a quality fertiliser which is ideal for areas suffering from moss. Although not classed as a moss killer, it can significantly reduce the moss population due to its high level of Iron (Fe). MossTop also contains a balanced amount of nutrients which are ideal for the autumn/early spring.
Once the moss has blackened and died, scarification is the best method for removing the moss from a lawn. A crucial aspect of good lawn maintenance, scarification is the mechanical removal of surface debris from turf grasses.
After scarifying, apply top soil and grass seed to any areas that look bare.