Physical Moss Control for Lawns

The best way to effectively and permanently control moss in the lawn and garden is to correct the conditions that are favoring moss growth.  Moss grows better than most types of grass in areas with heavy shade, poor drainage, and compact soils (Douglas, 2000).

Excessively wet soils can promote moss growth because mosses grow better than grass in wet, poorly drained soils. Some physical control methods that target excessive moisture include:

Physically controlling mosses is often used along with chemical control to increase the chance of completely eliminating mosses from the lawn and garden. Physical control methods can also be used as an effective, chemical-free alternative to chemical control. Most physical control methods are inexpensive and take only a short amount of time to implement.

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