Question From: OHIO
Q: How do I get rid of moss in my grass when moss ex, doesn’t seem to be doing much?
A: Here's a home remedy you might try You can mix either gentle dish soap or baking soda with lukewarm water to create an effective DIY herbicide that will kill moss. If you are using soap, mix 2-4 ounces with two gallons of water. For the baking soda method, mix 2 gallons of water with a small box of baking soda, the sort they sell for fridge deodorizing. What is Moss? Before you get started, it's important that you know moss isn't like other weeds, so traditional weed killers won't be effective against it. This pesky, prehistoric plant doesn't have true roots and isn't actually detrimental to your grass. In fact, some people incorporate moss into their lawns on purpose. But moss does indicate that your lawn is struggling. Common causes for lawn moss include issues like excessive shade or soil problems it can be compacted, low soil pH, or poor drainage. While grasses suffer in these conditions, moss thrives. So even though moss won't kill your grass, the conditions that led to it can. Getting Rid of Moss in Your Lawn Naturally The most common way to get rid of moss naturally is by using dish soap. The best time to kill moss is when it's actively growing, in late spring to early summer or late summer to early fall. Using dish soap If you have a small patch of moss, you can mix 1 gallon of water and 2 ounces of dish soap into a spray bottle and spray the mix onto patches of\r\nmoss. For larger lawns, you should double the proportions of each. Spray the mixture onto patches of moss and drench them thoroughly. Within 24 hours, the moss will dry up, turn brown, and die. Rake the dead moss, and re-seed the areas. Finish off by placing soil on top of the seeds. Raking and dethatching If you're dealing with a limited moss problem, you can try simply raking it up, and going at it at different angles to loosen it up. Once you've gathered all the moss, place it in a trash can.For a speedier fix, use a power rake a gas-powered item that can remove thatch and moss, or fit your lawn mower with a dethatching blade to speed up the process.