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why is moss bad for lawns

Moss is something that can appear across your garden, but it can cause a few problems if it's allowed to run rampant in your lawn. Today we're going to look at the problems that moss can cause for your lawn in detail. With this knowledge under your belt, you can take action quickly and keep your lawn looking its absolute best!

Why does moss grow in your lawn?

Before we jump into the reasons that moss is bad for your lawn, we thought we'd highlight some of the reasons that moss appears on your lawn in the first place!

Generally, moss appears in your lawn when conditions are good for moss but poor for grass. Some of the conditions that cause lawn moss growth are:

  • Grass that's been mown to short
  • Areas of shafe, particularly around borders and under trees
  • Acidic soil 
  • Worn, exposed areas of soil
  • Wet weather and waterlogged soil

Why is moss bad for your lawn?

While moss is not likely to kill your grass, it can leave your lawn looking splotchy and uneven if it's not removed swiftly. 

Some moss infestations will come and go fairly quickly, appearing after a period of waterlogging and dying off as the soil dries back out. On young lawns, moss can be a more persistent problem, appearing due to poor ground preparation or acidic soil and continuing to grow and dominate the young grass shoots. 

Killing and removing moss is a good place to start if you want to give your lawn the best opportunity to thrive. Once the initial moss problem has been dealt with, you need to put precautions in place to prevent the moss from returning. 

To keep moss out of your lawn it's important that you improve the condition of your lawn. A good lawn maintenance regime will ensure that!

Our moss control services

Here at Taylor Total Weed Control, we offer moss control services across South Wales and South West England. Our moss control services are highly-effective, and if you're worried about moss returning again, we can also schedule a moss control maintenance plan for you.

If that sounds like something that your garden would benefit from, don't hesistate to get in touch and request your FREE lawn survey. 

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where does moss come from

As a gardening enthusiast, it can be really frustrating when moss starts to appear in unwanted places. Knowing what moss is and where it comes from will help you maintain a moss free garden. So, if you're concerned by the amount of moss in your garden, we'll help you understand the problem and deal with it efficiently.


autumn moss control

During autumn, lawns and gardens can be plagued by a blanket of moss. The most common types of moss you see are yellow tufts which emerge between blades of grass, these give your lawn an uneven texture and colour and can make the lawn feel bouncy underfoot.


Moss growing on path

SHORT ANSWER: Moss requires moist conditions to grow, so it tends to flourish in autumn and winter, then die back during the summer.

Moss isn't especially harmful, but it can be quite unsightly - particularly when it takes hold of your otherwise pristine lawn or your once-picturesque patio.


It's lovely having a patio - especially when there's a pandemic in progress and the government are saying that you can't leave the house - but it's not quite so lovely when you notice furry green moss growing in between your patio pavers.

Patio moss

Photo by Amy G (Flickr)

Unfortunately, moss is a very common problem on patios - especially in the UK, where the damp weather often creates ideal growing conditions for this unsightly pest of a plant.


Mossy driveway

Moss is a common sight on driveways. It can often be seen growing up through the gaps in between paving slabs - it's very unsightly, but more importantly, it may be a safety hazard.

Moss can be slippery when wet, and a mossy driveway can increase your risk of slipping and falling when you're getting in and out of your car.


Garden Moss & What to Do About It

If you've discovered garden moss growing on or near your lawn and are worried about what it may mean, don't worry, Taylor Total Weed Control are here to help!

Here in our comprehensive guide to garden moss, you'll learn everything that you need to know when it comes to moss, including why it appears, whether it's good or bad to have around and, of course, how to get rid of it. So, let's take a look.


lawn moss control

When it comes to maintaining a healthy garden, moss can be a real pain in the grass.

Typically found in damp or shady locations, a dense green clump of moss can be a real blemish to an otherwise beautiful lawn.

Think of it like a beer stain on a dark suit - it won't ruin the whole thing completely, but you know it's there and you could definitely do without it.

Luckily, there are a few ways you can combat your lawn's moss problem. Here are some handy hints from the experts here at Taylor Total Weed Control...


How to get rid of lawn moss

The best time to remove moss from your lawn is during the spring and summer months. This allows your garden to prepare/recover from the summer period, where it will be at its peak in terms of growth.

Moss doesn't fare well in iron-rich soil...which is great if you have high levels of iron in your soil. For those who don't - which, if you're reading this, probably means you - giving your mossy tenant a dose of iron is a great way to ensure it has a rocky stay.

Now before you begin pouring gallons of Guinness all over your lawn, there is an easier way to supplement iron. Besides, that's a colossal waste of perfectly good Guinness - save that for a celebratory toast to a job well done later on.

Most lawn moss killer products typically contain iron sulphate, so a simple spray of any good moss killing agent should provide more than enough iron to give your green enemy a hard time. Think of it as Iron Man battling the Incredible Hulk...only far less exciting and a lot more one-sided.


Easy moss removal techniques

Another great method of removing moss from your lawn is one that will be easily achievable by any self-respecting homeowner. Everyday washing-up liquid is something that any household should have readily available and can also make for an effective partner in lawn moss control.

It's recommended that you use around 50ml of washing up liquid with 4.5 litres of water (for smaller patches, reduce measurements accordingly). From there, mix well and spray using a garden sprayer, being mindful not to drown the area. Spray the moss patch until there is visible run-off and let nature take its course.

Additionally, moss isn't great with lime either, so adding lime to your sprayer may also be helpful in eradicating your unwanted garden guest. This will make the soil less acidic, which is more favourable to grass as well.

Ideally, try to time these methods so that they don't coincide with an impending spell of rain, as this will likely dilute the formula and reduce the effectiveness of the treatment - putting a literal dampener on your mossy mutiny.


The root of the problem

Dead or dying moss will soon turn bronze in colour before drying up completely. Moss has very shallow roots so, once it turns orangey-brown, simply rake over the auburn excess and let the healthy grass take back its patch.

However, while the above methods can be great solutions to your moss problems in the short term, they may not solve your garden gripes in the long run. You could simply repeat the previous steps ad nauseam; however, there's no guarantee this will stop the moss from returning time after time.

If there's an underlying issue that is causing moss to grow in the first place, this is something that needs to be addressed in order to prevent it from rearing its ugly head once more.


How to prevent lawn moss

You can prevent lawn moss growth in a number of ways, from mowing technique and scarification to sufficient fertilisation and healthy water coverage. However, for peace of mind, why not get in touch with us for some expert advice on moss treatment?

At Taylor Total Weed Control, we specialise in lawn moss control and know exactly how to identify, treat and rid your lawn of its unwanted eyesores, once and for all. We even use specialist fertilisers unavailable to the general public to ensure your lawn gets a new lease on life - moss-free!

Cure your mossy headaches today with a FREE moss treatment survey! Hit the button below for more details or visit our Moss Control page.

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Moss Control on Paths

A mossy path can be problematic for a number of reasons. Not only is it unsightly, it may be dangerously slippery, and the moss can - in some cases - actually cause damage to the path by lifting stones or creating cracks as it grows.

For these and other reasons, it's a good idea to act quickly when you notice moss growing on your path or driveway. An Internet search for 'how to kill moss' will provide you with dozens of home remedies - most of them involving vinegar - but if you want results that last, the best course of action is usually to call in a moss control specialist who can treat the problem properly.

Why is moss growing on my path?

As the RHS website explains, moss - and similar growths like algae and lichens - are usually found in damp places where there's plenty of moisture. Your path may be more prone to moss growth if:

  • The path is in a shady spot
  • There are trees and/or other plants overhanging the path
  • Water remains on the path for a long time after rain (poor drainage)

The RHS actually recommend allowing moss and lichens to flourish in areas they don't present a hazard (e.g. on stone sculptures), but we've already touched upon, a mossy path can present a serious slip hazard, especially in winter. So what can you do?

Get your mossy path under control!

Here at Taylor Weed Control, we offer a professional moss control service that's available in Cardiff, Bristol, Swansea, and most other parts of South Wales and South West England.

Our seasoned moss control experts will use specialist treatments to control your moss and keep it under control for the long term. We've helped all kinds of clients to deal with their moss problems, including sports clubs and local authorities as well as private residents.

If you'd like to request a FREE moss control survey, please call Taylor Weed Control on 029 2039 7554 or email today.

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