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#1 chopperfreak2k1 OFFLINE  

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Posted April 27, 2010 - 09:31 PM

hi guys, i got a problem i need help with. there is moss all through the grass at my grandmothers and i'm thinking there should be some way to kill it off. any ideas?

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Posted April 28, 2010 - 08:17 AM

I bet its a shaded lawn........Moss grows where there is lots of moisture and not much sun. I don't know of any product to get rid of it, I am sure there is something, but getting sunlight onto the lawn is the best way

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Posted April 28, 2010 - 09:12 AM

Just Google "moss killer". Several products show up. Almost any question you have...Google can answer.

moss killer - Google Search
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Posted April 28, 2010 - 10:39 AM

The only problem is if google can answer anything we might as well pack up shop and close the site LOL j/k

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Posted April 28, 2010 - 10:48 AM

The only problem is if google can answer anything we might as well pack up shop and close the site LOL j/k


Ya's gotta remember, when asking a tractor question...Google will send you to GTT!

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Posted April 28, 2010 - 10:49 AM

LOL how true :D :thumbs:

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Posted April 28, 2010 - 02:27 PM

thanks guys. it's shaded in the morning but gets good afternoon sun. i'll try google, thanks olcowhand!

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Posted April 28, 2010 - 02:30 PM

Is it is an area where water lays because if it gets sun in the afternoon then it shouldn't be growing moss. If water doesn't run off right then I can see there being a problem.

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Posted April 28, 2010 - 02:33 PM

now that you mention it we do get some water off the hill but it's not year round, only when the water table is high.

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Posted April 29, 2010 - 04:38 AM

It is probably enough to get it started. Moss is only going to grow where it is really damp. Can you go out in that area at any time and put a knee down with jeans on and not have any dampness on the knee? I know that isn't real scientific LOL

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Posted April 29, 2010 - 09:17 AM

yeah it will pass the blue jean test i'd say 80% of the time. only when we get real bad storms does it stay wet for a few days. i'm gonna try scott's turf builder with moss control i think. anyone ever use this?

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Posted May 02, 2010 - 05:10 PM

If you kill the moss it will just come back later, you need to sort the cause of the problem. I would be going over it with a hollow core spiker as i would imagine the soil is pretty compacted, most GT owners lawns are....
Kill the moss, aerate the lawn (corer) or a spiker will do, throw some sand down the holes, rake it and throw a few handfulls of grass seed around, job done.
My old boss used to always swear by spreading lime on the lawns too, but to be true i never really noticed any difference.
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Posted May 02, 2010 - 08:54 PM

thanks very much for the advice Sam! i will give it a try.

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Posted October 12, 2011 - 04:56 PM

I know in Ontario i have always used lime.....seems to work here but then it might have to do with the soil conditions.

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Posted October 19, 2011 - 06:51 PM

I'll help pchili revive this thread, for future readers.

(I knew the answer, but used google to find the document :bigrofl: )
A quote from the Penn State Turfgrass Department, shows many influences:

"Attempts to get rid of moss are rarely effective
unless a dense, actively growing turf is established in
its place. To control moss, you must carefully consider
the reasons why it began to grow in your lawn. Moss
usually thrives as a result of conditions that are not
conducive to good turf growth, such as shallow, rocky
soils; poor soil fertility; low soil pH (acid soils); heavy
shade; and excessive moisture. If any of these factors
limit turf growth, moss can invade the lawn and
establish residence."

Taken from :
http://pubs.cas.psu..../pdfs/uc094.pdf

They mention lime, but when I had my Pennsylvania soil tested (by Penn State), they indicated I needed lime. I don't remember the exact ratio, but it was on the order of a few TONS per acre!! So if you have tried lime, perhaps you never used enough? I settled on putting a couple bags of crushed limestone on each year for the "good parts" of the lawn. The parts I don't bother with are full of moss.

I also agree with the aeration, that advanced my lawn significantly when I used a tow behind plugger in the fall and then early spring. Major improvement!




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