Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by bobbygedd, Apr 7, 2005.

  1. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
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    what the heck is goin on? i have a few properties that have recently been overcome with moss. they all have clay soil. i aerate annually. the ph is 6.7. there is about 6 hrs a day worth of sunshine on them. the ONLY thing i see, that may be a problem, is that certain parts of these lawns seem to remain wet all the time. these are all back yards, and the front of these properties are picture perfect. on one of them, i even tore the entire back yard up last year, aerated like hell, and reseeded with a 3 way fescue. it is now covered about 25% with moss. any clue?
  2. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    Record amounts of rainfall in 04 and 03 coupled with low summer and spring temps in both years must be to blame somehow.
  3. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
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    yea rod i'm thinking that has to be it. plus, the last time it rained was when, monday? and the back yards were still wet a little. no puddling, just a bit moist
  4. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    I too have the same problem bobby where it never in 10 years exsited before.
  5. jpmako

    jpmako LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would also assume that it has alot to do with moisture content of the soil and lack of high temps. I think that most of it should fade away during the summer when hopefully the ground dries up. If you are dethatching most of it should come out.
    Like you have stated in another post, the ground is saturated to the point that you cant bring machines on some properties. This sucks but what can you do???
    Sell them moss control in your fert program. payup

  6. lawnguyland

    lawnguyland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    all of the above with the addition of poor air circulation, shade, etc.. I've seen it too.
  7. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
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    hmmm, air flow? i think that is the MAIN cause, and the other factors add to it. funny, when i wrote a thread about air flow, all the "pros" laughed at me, saying it didn't make a difference.
  8. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    No, lack of Air flow is a major cause of moss in the lawns.
  9. packerbacker

    packerbacker LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I thought Moss was in Oakland now?
  10. Cigarcop

    Cigarcop LawnSite Member
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    That was funny!

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