Moss Treatments

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It’s Official - the wettest winter since 1914!

I guess the heading goes without saying as I look out on my soggy front lawn.  Which can only mean that moss is going to be abundant this spring and will need dealing with before it takes over completely.

We introduced a new product a couple of seasons ago called ‘Mo Bacter’ after it was brought to my attention by listeners of Radio Kent’s gardening programme.   This is a unique product that ‘eats’ the moss having killed it first.  The major advantage of this is that you do not need to rake the moss out afterwards.  It has an indirect action against moss and also contains lawn fertilizer for 12 weeks feeding.  In the formulation is naturally occurring bacteria, and it is this bacteria that deals with the moss.

Application is best from March to September and can be spread by hand, wearing a glove, or by an adjustable spreader.  Because ‘Mo Bacter’ is organic it will not matter if some material spreads over onto the flower beds or pathways.

It comes in two sizes – 65-75m² priced £19.99, and 175-200m² priced £35.99.

There are alternatives to ‘Mo Bacter’, like the traditional lawn sand, but products like that only kill the moss and will need to be raked out afterwards.

Once you have got rid of the moss you will need to think about aeration.  The areas that moss grows in are usually shady and damp for prolonged periods of time.  My front lawn, for instance, is north facing so gets little direct sunlight.  Because of this it does not dry out quickly and so moss starts to take over.

By using a lawn aerator to remove cores of earth or even a fork, you will start to open up holes that can then have sharp sand brushed into them.  This will aid drainage by stopping them filling up with soil again.

Once this has been completed you will be able to see if there are any bare patches.  If there are then these can be over sown with Johnsons Grass Seed.  There are many different packs available, including ‘Shady Lawn’ which is suitable for areas like my front lawn.



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