Because of our rainy weather, very few places in the United States deal with the lawn moss problems faced by those living in the Pacific Northwest.
Mosses are non-parasitic, primitive green plants that consist of fine-branched, threadlike stems with tiny leaves. Once established, mosses form a thick green mat on the soil surface and produce their own food.
They generally do not kill grass plants but rather fill in the spaces in the lawn where grass is not growing. Because lawn moss is so common in Washington, it’s imperative to call a professional who can help protect your lawn against moss year-round. Western Exterminator, formerly Pratt Pest has the experience needed to implement reliable lawn moss control.
Why Does Moss Grow in Lawns?
If moss is growing on a lawn, it’s often an indicator that the conditions aren’t favorable for growing grass. For this reason, the moss isn’t typically the problem; the underlying conditions of your soil or yard are! There are a number of conditions that enable moss to grow in lawns, including:
- Excessive shade
- Acidic soil
- Poor drainage
- Compacted soil
- Excessive irrigation
- Low fertility
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Lawn Moss Control Tips
There are a number of things you can do to help prevent moss growth in your lawn. Some tips that may work to reduce your chances of a moss-filled lawn include:
- Reduce shade! Grass will not grow well if it has less than 4 hours of sunlight. Prune limbs of trees and shrubs to allow more sunlight into lawn areas.
- Do not mow your lawn too short. Make sure to keep grasses no shorter than 1½ inches.
- Keep pH levels normal. Moss prefers acidic soil, so keep the pH at optimum levels of 6.0 to 7.0 to favor grass development.
- Avoid poor drainage and compacted soils. Aeration and amending soil with sand will help increase drainage and compaction.
- Maintain proper fertility levels. Regular fertilizer applications will help keep your grass healthy and moss under control.
- Do not over-irrigate. When irrigating, use ¾–1 inch of water per irrigation to water the soil to a depth of 3–4 inches.
Professional Lawn Moss Treatment
Keeping a healthy lawn in the Pacific Northwest is challenging. When you enlist the help of your lawn care experts at Western Exterminator, and we can help you achieve a fantastic moss-free lawn for your residential or commercial property.
Our bio-rational fertilizer applications can feed your lawn while controlling your moss and weeds. Call us today to learn more about our lawn moss control services!