Moss overtaking lawn

mrg2065December 9, 2010

I am doing some landscaping on a clients property, they live close to the lake and have tree's all around house, so not much sunlight gets to yard, I see a 60-70 percent of lawn is covered in moss. looks bad, grass is probobly dead undernieth heavy moss area's, any tips, on how to save, or after reseeding/resodding,

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goren

The first thing you should try to do is improve the sunlight penetration---with permission from the owner.
Some trees allow pruning to accomplish that by cutting back or removing lower branches that allow sun to make it to the base of the tree. Usually grass does not do well where mild to heavy shade is prominent. Although there are shade loving grass seeds, still the best medicine for grass is sunlight and a healthy soil.

Moss will grow where moisture gathers -- as from snow-melt or depressions where rainfall doesn't permit proper drainage. Usually the area has not been given proper amounts of nitrogen fertilizer and the moss prospers.
Some people like moss, they grow it on purpose in areas you describe...shady corners that persons enjoy walking under the trees' canopies.

Don't, however, think to top a tree---i.e. removing a top portion of a tree in an attempt to let sun in. That usually ends up with a tree's beauty terribly ruined.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2010 at 11:44AM
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tiemco

First of all, it would help to know where you are located. Moss, as goren pointed out, prefers cool, shady, wet areas. It also prefers acidic soil. Grasses prefer sun. Some grasses are more shade tolerant, but they are not "shade loving". If you can get 2-3 hours of direct sun a day then you can grow grass (certain types, not all of them). Tree pruning and/or removal will definitely be necessary if the area doesn't get enough sun for grass. If you are going to reseed, or sod, then you need to kill the moss first. Moss Out is a very inexpensive, safe, easy to use product that you can use to kill moss in your lawn without harming your grass. If your soil pH is very low then you should try to raise it as well. In fact a soil test should be the first thing you do if you intend on growing grass. If your soil is not frozen yet, then you can do a soil test now. Killing the moss and seeding will have to wait till next year.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2010 at 2:05PM
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mrg2065

Thanks for all the help, I probobly will get the moss killer and just reseed next year.
House in in Seattle Wa.(lots of rain) Here are som poor camera pics I thought I'd share.
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk9/mariog207_2008/Photo-0105.jpg
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk9/mariog207_2008/Photo-0097.jpg
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk9/mariog207_2008/yard2.jpg
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk9/mariog207_2008/yard1.jpg
Thanks again,
Mario

    Bookmark   December 10, 2010 at 9:43AM
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mrg2065

sorry for re-post
Thanks for all the help, I probably will get the moss killer and just reseed next year, after cutting back lower branchs.
House in in Seattle Wa.(lots of rain) Here are som poor camera pics I thought I'd share.
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk9/mariog207_2008/Photo-0105.jpg
http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk9/mariog207_2008/Photo-0097.jpg

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk9/mariog207_2008/yard2.jpg

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk9/mariog207_2008/yard1.jpg

http://i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk9/mariog207_2008/Photo-0099.jpg
Thanks again,
Mario

    Bookmark   December 10, 2010 at 9:51AM
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