Below compares the effect environmental conditions have on the growth of grass vs. moss.
- Compact soil – kills grass roots – yet – creates a smooth area for moss to hold on to.
- Poor drainage – continually damp soil can suffocate grass roots – yet – provides ideal conditions for moss.
- Low pH – highly acidic soil can kill grass roots – yet – moss thrives in acidic soil.
- Lack of sunlight – grass has a difficult time growing in shade – yet – moss grows best in shade.
Did you know that:
- There are approximately 12,000 species of moss.
- Moss thrives in cool, moist and shady locations.
- It favors acidic soil.
- It requires just enough sun to conduct photosynthesis.
- Moss can grow in temperatures just above zero degrees.
- Because it lacks a vascular system, it requires high levels of moisture to survive.
- Moss can grow on damp soil, tree bark, rocks, concrete, roofs and other surfaces.
- The presence of moss is usually an indicator that something is wrong within the lawn.
- Killing moss will not prevent re-growth unless conditions are changed.
Cultural ways to help prevent re-growth of moss:
- Fertilize with a fertilizer rich in nitrogen.
- If your soil pH is below 6.0 apply lime.
- Prune trees to allow more light to the area.
- De-thatch your lawn.
- Water the lawn in early morning hours so it gets a chance to dry out before nightfall.
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