How do I get rid of moss in my yard?

How do I take back control of my yard/grass that has been taken over by moss?

  2 answers
  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 15, 2018

    Well, since moss is shallow-rooted, you may be able simply to rake it out. But if you do need to apply an herbicide, take note that there are both chemical and organic options. Among the latter, baking soda is sometimes used, as well as soap (both Safer soap and the type of soap you use to wash dishes).


    For example, some people recommend filling a garden sprayer with 2 gallons of lukewarm water and mixing in a box of baking soda. Others mix dish soap (Dawn Ultra seems to be the preferred product) and water in a garden sprayer (2 to 4 ounces per gallon of water).


    But, again, such efforts are only a first step. For long-lasting success, it is critical that you conduct an investigation into the root cause or causes of the problem.


    A great way to begin your investigation is to send in a sample of your soil to your local cooperative extension so that they can test it for you. Tell them that you are trying to get rid of moss in a lawn and indicate that you need to find out what your soil pH is and whether or not your soil contains the necessary nutrients for growing a healthy lawn. This way, you can kill two birds with one stone: The root cause of your problem could be either (or both) of these soil-related issues.


    Two other reasons for the growth of moss are excessive shade and bad drainage.


  • Oliva Oliva on Nov 15, 2018

    You need to lime, first. Moss is indicative of shaded /acidic soil. If you can increase sun/reduce moisture to this area via better drainage, moss should die off.