Moss is not a weed, but it is a plant that will establish itself anywhere it can if you don’t control it. In this article, we’ll show you how to get rid of moss with natural ways, save for your health and other plants.
Why did moss appear in my garden and what exactly is this plant?
Moss is a plant with shallow roots, or rather, rhizoids. It appears in the garden and on the lawn where the grass is thin and the soil is conducive to its growth (we’ll touch on this in more detail later). Its shallow embedment in the soil makes it relatively easy to remove. However, just because you remove the moss does not mean that it will not reappear.
How to get rid of moss in the garden by natural means?
An effective and environmentally friendly way is to mix a mild dishwashing liquid or baking soda with lukewarm water. This creates an effective agent that will crack down on moss. Apply the mixture to damp grass and on a day when there is no rain in the weather forecast for the next 24 hours.
Mix about 100 ml of washing-up liquid with 7.5 liters of water. In the case of baking soda, one small packet that you have in your kitchen will suffice for the given amount of water. Both mixtures should be enough to spray up to 300 m² of moss-covered lawn. Use a garden sprayer for this.
Neither of these solutions should damage your grass, but you may want to do a trial test somewhere on the edge of your lawn before using the mixture on your entire lawn.
After about 24 hours, the moss should turn orange or brown, which means it has died. Only then should it be easy to remove. Moss roots grow very shallow, so a rake should be able to remove the entire plant. Then collect the moss and dispose of it in tightly sealed bags away from the lawn. The spores can escape, carried by the wind, and spread back into the lawn…
This method does not necessarily completely destroy the roots (graspers) of the moss, so it is important to rake it out. The empty spaces left by the moss should be quickly occupied by grass.
Don’t let the moss grow back!
Removing moss is easy, but it is only the first step. To keep it from growing back, change the conditions that led to its initial growth – this is an indicator of some soil problems.
Control the pH of your soil
Moss often grows in acidic, or low-pH soil. Many garden stores sell tests that can help you determine the pH of your soil. If it is too acidic, the most common remedy is to add lime. So-called lawn liming is best done in the fall so that winter rain and snow have time to break it down and make it easier for it to infiltrate the soil.
Note: it may take months before the soil pH level changes significantly after adding lime – it’s a slow process (but important for the health of your garden’s soil).
Check to see if lawn water drains properly into the soil
The presence of moss can indicate problems with the drainage of water collecting on your lawn deeper into the soil. Poor drainage can have several causes. First, the soil type may not be conducive to adequate drainage. Clay soils typically do not drain as well as sandy soils. If your soil is clay, you can improve it by aerating and adding compost.
Another factor contributing to poor drainage is intensely compacted soil. This happens if there are children constantly playing on the lawn or frequent garden parties. To check if the soil is compacted, simply drive a shovel. If the soil is suitable, you will drive the shovel in without any problem. If not, the soil needs to be aerated (you can buy the right products for this at the garden store).
If the garden or lawn is uneven, then, in various depressions, more water can accumulate. This will be an ideal place for the development of moss. The solution in this case will be to level the area.