According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of a weed is as follows:
"A plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth, especially one that tends to overgrow or choke out more desirable plants."
Weeds are an annoyingly common presence in gardens all over the UK. Whether you're struggling with chickweed or dandelions, nettles or thistles, weeds can very quickly dominate your outdoor space and overwhelm your carefully-cultivated garden plants.
But what about moss? If you've ever been unlucky enough to find yourself struggling with moss on your lawn, you may have found yourself wondering: is moss a weed? And if not, what are the differences between common garden weeds and moss?
Is Moss a Weed?
Answering this question is actually a bit more complicated than you might expect. Generally speaking, no, moss isn't considered to be a weed.
The definition of the term 'weed' might lead some to think that moss falls into the same category as a lot of other common garden weeds, but there a few key distinctions between moss and weeds that are worth bearing in mind.
Firstly, moss doesn't spread through seeds like weeds do, but rather through spores. Moss also doesn't have deep roots like most weeds do.
Since mosses can't absorb nutrients through their roots, they instead have a highly absorbent surface that allows them to suck up nutrients from rain and the water around them. As a result of these differences, moss can't be controlled and treated with weed killer the same way most common garden weeds can.
Controlling Moss and Weeds
Unlike most garden weeds, mosses are very shallow-rooted plants which makes immediate removal pretty easy. However, permanently eradicating moss is a lot more difficult. If you don't make changes to the environment that encouraged moss to grow, it's very likely that you'll experience moss growth again and again.
Moss is generally attracted to damp shady areas, so measures like cutting back foliage to allow more natural light and aerating your lawn to improve drainage can discourage moss growth in your lawn.
Trying to find the right conditions to prevent moss growth can be pretty complicated, and may end up taking up a lot of your time, money, and resources. If you don't have the time to experiment and want to make sure the job is done right first time, it's best to invest in professional help.
Here at Taylor Total Weed Control, we offer a professional moss control service that lets you rest easy knowing that the problem has been taken care of properly.
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If you have any questions about our services, or if you'd like to speak with a member of our expert team about your moss problem, reach out and contact us today. A member of our first-class team will answer any questions you may have.
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