In 2019, Georgia homeowners reported an increased amount of moss in their lawns over the summer. Though a couple of years have passed since that report, not much has changed. Homeowners are fighting off moss and they don't quite know how to win. If you have experienced moss growing where grass should be, there are a few things to keep in mind as you look into how to control your current moss issue and how to prevent it in the future.
First of all, it's important to remember that moss is a plant, not a harmful fungus that can kill your turfgrass. When conditions are not ideal for grass to grow, moss may take advantage of the opportunity to spread through your lawn. Since moss is caused by environmental conditions, there is no quick fix if it finds its way into your lawn. A few of the most common causes for a mossy lawn include:
Ultimately, to combat a mossy lawn, you have to combat each of these individual issues to make the environment less desirable for the moss.
Moss control and moss prevention are two very different approaches. If your grass is already being taken over by moss, you have to use a different strategy. One of the most common organic methods for removing moss is to mix gentle dish soap or baking soda with lukewarm water. Once sprayed on the moss, you will notice it turning orange or brown within 24 hours. When this change becomes visible, it's usually easy to remove the moss with a metal rake. After doing this, you want to make sure you dispose of the moss in sealed bags. If you throw it into your backyard, you will find that the spores will just create more moss for you to remove in the future.
At Agropro, we offer two premium lawn care programs that can help create a healthier lawn so moss has less of a chance for survival.
Agropro provides Lawn Care and Plant Health Care services to the following areas in North Georgia: Acworth, Alpharetta, Atlanta, Buckhead, Canton, Cumming, Dunwoody, Holly Springs, Johns Creek, Kennesaw, Marietta, Milton, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Suwanee, and Woodstock.