It’s around this time of year when it’s warm and sunny enough to stand out in the garden and take a good hard look at the areas that need our attention – rather than pulling our jackets up around our necks and ducking back inside as fast as possible.
If you’ve already done this, you’ve probably noticed that your lawn is beginning to grow again – but you might have also spied some pesky patches of moss. Don’t worry, most gardeners have to deal with moss at some point.
Moss grows on lawns due to poor growing conditions – usually excess moisture, not enough sunlight, and compacted soil. It’s a little unsightly to look at, but, thankfully, easy to get rid of.
The best time to deal with moss and why
The best time to deal with moss on your lawn is in the spring, when it’s actively growing due to frequent rainfall. Ideally, the outside temperature should be above 10 degrees Celsius. This will help to activate any moss removal products, making the process more effective and preventing the moss from growing again in the autumn.
Need a recommendation on which product to use to remove moss on your lawn? I recommend Richard Jackson’s Moss Remover. It’s really easy to use and doesn’t have harsh chemicals which are known to turn the moss black and make it even more unsightly.
Instead, this moss remover is high in potash and actually over-feeds the moss so that it dies back naturally. Then, the friendly bacteria within the product help to break up and dissolve the dying moss, so that you don’t even have to use a rake or other tools to remove it.
It’s literally nature doing the work for you!
How to remove moss and restore your lawn
This process is so simple and will help you keep your lawn in top shape so that it doesn’t create an environment for moss growth next year:
- In mid-March (ideally), sprinkle some granules of Richard Jackson’s Moss Remover over the patches of moss on your lawn. 50g of moss remover per square metre is enough.
- In April, seed the area with grass seeds made specifically for shaded areas if the patch of grass doesn’t receive much light during the day. If it’s possible, reduce shade by pruning trees or moving any objects blocking the light.
- Throughout the year, avoid cutting the grass too short. If you notice the soil on your lawn becoming compacted, use a garden fork to spike the soil. This will aerate it and prevent moisture build-up.
Richard Jackson’s Moss Remover is available at QVC in a handy 10kg bag.
If your lawn has some damp areas, it may be that you just have a damp garden! If you’re struggling to find plants for this type of garden, click here for inspiration.
Michael has been involved with gardening and plants since he was just five years old. He is a self-professed Plant Geek, and was listed in the Sunday Times top 20 most influential people in the gardening world, thanks to his plant hunter role at Thompson & Morgan.
Michael was responsible for new plant introductions such as the Egg and Chips plant and the FuchsiaBerry and keeps busy travelling the world in search of new plants as well as lecturing worldwide, including stints in Japan. He is very active on social media – so why not give him a follow at @mr_plantgeek or Facebook. You can also listen to The Plant Based Podcast with Michael and co-host Ellen-Mary on iTunes, Spotify and Google.