How can I get rid of moss in an area that doesn't get a lot of sun?


I have an area that doesn't get sun & I have a lot of green moss growing. How can I get rid of it? The area is always damp, so I'm sure that doesn't help...Thank you !......Madeline

  15 answers
  • Nan W. Nan W. on Mar 20, 2020

    Madeline: You could "embrace the moss" -- and make it a garden...

    • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Mar 20, 2020

      please let it be/let it grow; clearly it is growing because conditions are perfect let Mother Nature work her charms nothing else may grow well there and it's green/alive cleaning our air; also moss is no maintenance and much nicer,cleaner, prettier than concrete or gravel

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Mar 20, 2020

    Hi Madeline, aerating the whole area would help a lot with drainage after that, if the area isn't enormous you could consider laying down a bed of mulch or creating a type of rock garden.

  • on Mar 20, 2020

    I love Nan’s idea above! Clearly moss is happy there - embrace it and save yourself so many hassles. Or put down patio stones/flagstones and make a sitting area?

  • Beth Beth on Mar 20, 2020

    I'm along the same line of thought as Nan! I rather like moss. :-)

    But if you'd like to get rid of your moss still, here's a tutorial for using dish soap to cut down on moss:

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    • Beth Beth on Mar 20, 2020

      Anything you do to kill plants is going to have some cascading effect. I did also recommend embracing the moss, but not everyone is going to do that, so I also linked to a site that I've found good home DIY/gardening tutorials on. You raised some good points, but the Hometalker who asked the question will have to decide on the pros and cons here of getting rid of moss vs. living with it.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Mar 20, 2020

    Here's a link to some hommade moss killers, although I have never had a reason to use them, it sounds like something might work for your area:

  • I don't love chemicals, so I've removed moss by digging it out and then planting hostas in its place or pachysandra and surrounding it with mulch to prevent the moss from coming back.

  • Maura White Maura White on Mar 20, 2020

    Kims idea is fabulous - dig out the moss and replace it with another ground cover that loves moisture!

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Mar 20, 2020

    Hi Madeline, sorry you are having problems with moss in your yard. Hope this helps. Search Results

    Featured snippet from the web

    Ways to Kill Moss on Your Lawn

    1. For small patches, mix in a garden hand sprayer 2 ounces of dish soap and 1 gallon of water. ...
    2. Spray the mixture on the patches of moss. ...
    3. The patches of moss will turn orange or brown in 24 hours and eventually dry up. ...
    4. After raking up the dead moss, take it to an isolated area.

    Feb 1, 2020

    How Dish Soap Can Kill Unwanted Moss in Your Lawn › Garden Problems › Garden Weeds

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Mar 21, 2020

    Hi Madeline, you can mix about a tablespoon of baking soda to 1 gallon of water, and pour it on the moss. Baking soda makes the soil more alkaline, and moss prefers a slightly acid soil.

  • Betsy Betsy on Mar 22, 2020

    Hi Madeline: The best time to kill moss is in late winter or early spring. This can stop the moss before it heads into its spring growing season, keeping it from spreading before summer. So, you can get a head start on it in a week or so. You can make a spray of Dawn dish soap and water and spray on the moss. Once it's dead, you can raise the level of the soil with other dirt so that it doesn't stay wet in that area. Here's a site that may help:

    Good luck

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Mar 23, 2020

    White cleaning vinegar will kill the spores once you scrape it off. However, it could also kill any plants and grasses that it hits on the ground.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Mar 23, 2020

    You could dig it up and remove it or move it to another spot

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide Lauren of Mom Home Guide on Mar 25, 2020

    I've read that Dawn dish soap and water works. I have to get on this project myself! Every year moss grows between the pavers in my backyard patio. It drives me nuts!

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Mar 27, 2020

    Hi Madeline,

    Grow Ferns and damp loving plants, and or use Wet and Leave on the slabs.

  • Deb K Deb K on Oct 06, 2021

    Hi Madeline, you can dig out or dig into the moss and plant shade loving plants with it. You could also add some sidewalk blocks to that area to reduce the dampness.