Moss Killer

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by EarthTech Landscapes, Feb 7, 2001.

  1. EarthTech Landscapes

    EarthTech Landscapes LawnSite Member
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    I need to know what you guys use to kill moss in lawns, and what would be a good winter fertizler. Thanks
     
  2. jay

    jay LawnSite Member
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    pottasium salt usly is used for moss, you get rid of it by changing your ph property. Winter fertilizer what are you using it on?
     
  3. EarthTech Landscapes

    EarthTech Landscapes LawnSite Member
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    the fertiziler is getting used on lawn, and the moss is in the lawn so will the potassium salt hurt the lawn??
     
  4. Rodney Anderson

    Rodney Anderson LawnSite Member
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    Potassium chloride at 1/4 of a lb. rate will a number on moss if applied in late spring. Is the moss area shaded or in an open area ? My favorite fall fert. is 15-0-30
     
  5. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
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    40#/m sf

    hope this helps.
    Kris
     
  6. greengeezer

    greengeezer LawnSite Member
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    Before you apply anything for the moss, look at the situation. Moss is usually more a symtom of a problem. Moss can be caused by several situations. Correct the situation and moss problem will go away. Typical situations that promote moss can be exessive shade, poor air circulation, the inability of an area to dry between wettings, compact soil, and soil ph. Any topical moss control may work to kill for awile, but if the conditions that promote the moss are not corrected, the moss will return. Look at the situation, test the soil, and start corrective actions. Quick fixes sometimes equals quick failures. If you have to have a quick fix to satisfy a customer, a company called Mycogen,(the same company that makes Scythe), makes a product called DeMoss that is sprayed on the moss. Also Mancozeb I believe is labeled for moss control and is often used of greens that don't get enough sun to keep the moss in check.

    As for a winter fertilizer, opinions vary on high N vs high K. I've had good results both ways. For cool season turf avoid slow release. You want the fert in the plant as soon as possible. Sort day lengths will prevent the plant from pushing top growth. Food is stored as reserves to promote early spring green-up.

    [Edited by greengeezer on 02-08-2001 at 05:00 PM]
     
  7. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Above idea is on the money for most areas of the country. Moss is about the simplest of plant life forms, so it will exist where other plants cannot survive. Once other plants - lawns or whatever - are able to grow, the moss cannot compete and will disappear.
    But in the northwest, you have a lot of dampness, attractive to moss and disliked by turfgarss. Your best resource for appropriate actions in your area would be your own state cooperative extension service. This is definitely a case where a regional problem exists that can't easily be solved by tactics used elswhere.
     

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