Prevent moss in your lawn
How does moss arise in lawn?
To avoid having moss in your lawn for a long period of time, it is important to know what supports its spread. Reasons for an increased occurrence are:
- Using an inappropriate lawn seed mixture when first seeding or reseeding
- Compressed soil and thus waterlogging
- Less light, shadow areas
- A low pH-value of the soil
- Irregular and too low cutting
- Lack of nutrients
- Autumn leaves on the lawn
How to do the first seeding: Basis for a moss-free lawn
You already lay the foundation of a tight, moss-free lawn with the right seeding by choosing a suitable, high quality lawn seed mixture. Cheap seed can contain fast and high growing forage grass. These have to be cut too often and do not build a tight grass cover. On such thin lawn areas, moss has enough space to spread. Do not save money when you buy a seed mixture. Very important is the choice of a good seed, if you have shadow spaces caused by your house, balcony or hedge. For this problematic spaces, you best use a special seeding product, which contains shadow suitable grasses (for example COMPO SAAT® Shaded Lawn). Only these are able to build a tight, green lawn in shadow spaces.
Besides the choice of the right seed, you can provide optimal growing conditions with the right preparation of the soil. If the soil is compressed, a deep loosening is necessary to prevent waterlogging. Check the pH-value of your soil before the starting to seed. It should be around 5 or 7 for a healthy growth. If the pH-value is below 5 we recommend you to give lime to your soil before the seeding, for example with COMPO Lawn Care with Lime.
Regular care: The essential to do for a tight, healthy green
After the first seeding, a regular care is important to prevent moss. For a healthy, tight lawn regular cutting is important. This rule of thumb is valid: Do not cut your lawn more than 1/3 and not shorter than 4 to 5 centimeter. If you adjust the lawnmower too low, the grasses can get damaged. Hence regular cutting with a constant cutting line makes the lawn stay vital and the grass cover tight.
Regular cutting is not enough to prevent moss. The second secret of a healthy, beautiful lawn is the supply of nutrients. Very important nutrients for lawn are nitrogen, phosphate, potassium and magnesium, as well as additional trace elements like iron, zinc and manganese. Especially after the winter stress it is important to strengthen the lawn for the following garden season.
In order to help your lawn overcome the cold time of year, you should regularly remove fallen leaves from your lawn during autumn. If too many leaves stay on the lawn during winter, the grasses will not get enough oxygen and die. Whereas moss can develop properly under these conditions.
Fight moss in your lawn
Against moss: Easy and professional application
If moss is spread over your lawn, you should take suitable measures to fight it. Besides careful scarifying, only a special product against moss can be of help.
After the winter stress you have to take care that while killing moss your lawn also gets strengthened. As the first element of care in spring we recommend COMPO Lawn Fertilizer Moss? - no thanks!
MOST IMPORTANT TO DO'S STEP BY STEP:
- Cutting. Cut the lawn and wait for 3 or 4 days so that the cutting lines can close.
- Use COMPO Lawn fertilizer Moss? - no thanks!. After this treatment you should step on the lawn for 1 to 2 days.
- Watering. Water your lawn properly after 1 or 2 days (minimum 20 minutes).
- Scarifying. Did the moss die and the fertilizer has been worked into the soil, you can easily remove the moss by scarifying the lawn. Additionally, it loosens the soil and improves the conditions of the lawn.
- Reseeding. Blank spaces do not only look unattractive, but provide enough space so that moss and weed can settle. You should close those gaps in your lawn quickly with a reseeding mixture for lawn. With the COMPO Lawn Seeds Lawn Repair Pad you can repair small gaps or blank spaces easily and safe.