View Full Version : Fescue lawn being taken over by moss

01-20-2004, 06:44 PM
Hello everyone, I am new to this forum and to the business. I have a Fescue lawn that is being taken over by moss. I aerated and overseeded in the fall. The area is at the bottom of the lawn and it does stay wet. Is there a way to kill the moss and get the grass to grow.

01-20-2004, 07:13 PM
Fix the drainage problem and perhaps get more sun to the area by trimming up some trees, shrubs, or whatever it is.

01-20-2004, 11:35 PM
NCSU has the right fix. You must need more light,sounds like it stays too shady in the spot?

01-21-2004, 12:39 AM
Fix the Fescue and your problem is solved. The moss is not competing with the fescue it is just living where the fescue is not.

The advice above will help dry and warm the area, which will make the area less tolerable for moss. You may have to look at acidity in the soil, but it sounds like it is currently too wet and cool for turf grass and fungis loves that moisture. Do the above post and aerate/till and add some soil/humus and seed again.

01-21-2004, 10:08 AM
First I would suggest you do what the others have said ;and second do a soil test I bet it needs lime;acidic soil.

01-21-2004, 10:18 AM
Does the account have irrigation! If so i bet that you have too much water going down, fescue likes long drinks with infequent waterings.Increase run time and reduce days

01-21-2004, 04:50 PM
Pulverized lime at a light rate will KILL the moss. A second app a few months later will finish off any small areas that may have survived. I have done this several times with 100% success. Its much quicker and cost effective than any other way.

Yard Perfect
01-21-2004, 07:09 PM
Normally lime will help balance the PH, thus creating an environment that discourages moss growth. A properly balance soil also accepts and utilizes fertilizer more efficiently. After a healthy douse of lime, I put Moss Out to kill. Here in the NW, the above routine is part of on going maintenance

Dave Kent

01-21-2004, 07:18 PM
Thanks everyone for your input.... I had already planned to reseed, but I will do the lime first.

Five Diamond Lawns
01-21-2004, 09:30 PM
Don't forget to kill the moss!
Lime will only help prevent future growth but as Yard Perfect said you need to use a moss killer. If the moss is too bad you also may need to thatch it out before seeding or you'll get nothing out of your seed. :(

01-21-2004, 11:07 PM
doing just lime will not help. moss has to have a combination of problems to thrive. If you want to get rid of the moss you have to do all of the solutions to solve the problem, cant just get away with 1 or 2.

if you went in and just sprayed a moss killer, then it will just come back because conditions are ideal for it there, so thats just a waste of time and money.

01-21-2004, 11:18 PM
Kill the moss and reseed? Your new turf grass will eventually retreat again and the moisture loving fungis will return. You said the area is staying wet, the roots of the grass are not getting enough oxygen, fermenting and rotting off grass plant.

You will need to modify the environment, if your gonna reseed. Look at lessening shade if possible, drains, diversion or possibly some retainments.

You may consider another plant type or a completely different ground cover all together. Stick a pond, rocks and pampas down there with a walkway??

01-21-2004, 11:23 PM
Well I've done the pulverized (granular will not work for killing it) lime app to kill the moss before on at least 10 different lawns. That was over 2 years ago for several of them. The moss died within 6 weeks and it has not returned. A bag of pulverized lime will cost you about $1.50 so why not try it? And like I said earlier, just a light coating will do the trick.

trying 2b organic
01-22-2004, 12:14 AM
iron sulfate kills moss well. or a fert with iron .

01-22-2004, 09:19 AM
Do a "soil test" and deliver it to your county extension( the county extension will give you the soil collection kits free).They will have the soil analyzed and have the written results sent to you in about 2-4 weeks.Depending on where you live , some state will do this service free of charge or they may charge a small fee; in my area its $ 10.00 per test for a commercial lco.
These results will tell you what the soil needs ie. Ph - acid(lime) "moss" or alkaline(gypsum or sulfur),nitrogen,phosphorus,potassium and other trace elements and how to correct any problems with the soil.