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moss on yards

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by curtisj, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. curtisj

    curtisj LawnSite Member
    Posts: 10

    A customer wants me to diagnose A condition ,here it is,moss on yard the scenario is a big tree so it is shaded and moss is on the ground they want me to plant grass,any advice what i should do to remove the moss and get grass to grow?:usflag:
  2. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,405

    Shade and Drainage issues = moss. You could address the moisture issues / Soil Condition, strip the moss and then plant a good shade grass. Regular aerating is recommend where moss is heavy.

  3. Mark Bogart

    Mark Bogart LawnSite Member
    Posts: 174

    If there's moss growing that means there's not much sunlight penetrating to the ground. Be very hard to establish turf. Can you thin the trees canopy to allow more sunlight to penetrate the ground? Can you post some pictures? That would help in determining what type of conditions your dealing with.
  4. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 25,390

    Definatly needs more sunlight like this guy said. Also should do a soil test as Im sure you will find it is too acidic to grow healthy turf as it is now.
  5. curtisj

    curtisj LawnSite Member
    Posts: 10

    do i have to control the moss first or can i just adjust the ph and power rake,then plant seed?
  6. curtisj

    curtisj LawnSite Member
    Posts: 10

    going today yo llook at it, the city it is in does not want any trimming or topping unless the tree is in danger of dying,but i will know better when i go look today
  7. Mark Bogart

    Mark Bogart LawnSite Member
    Posts: 174

    If you can't thin the tree - never ever top a tree - it will be a nasty uphill battle trying to control moss as well as trying to grow a shade tolerant grass. How much air circulation does the site get? You may want to try and talk the home owners into a more realistic approach.
  8. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,711

    Hopefully this is not the case here, but folks who let their Fall leaves sit all Winter in conditions as stated above are very susceptible to moss.

    GSPHUNTER LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    I was always taught that moss will grow if the soil conditions aren't healthy enough to support grass. This can occur under trees especially, because the tree sucks up a large amount of nutrients out of the soil. Since there is no healthy grass on the soil, the only thing that will grow there does, and that is moss. If it is just one tree, I can't imagine there being too much shade. I would imagine, like others have said, that the pH or other conditions aren't right for growing grass.

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