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natural moss killer

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by mrkosar, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. mrkosar

    mrkosar LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 680

    what do you guys use?
  2. Prolawnservice

    Prolawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 612

    Whats wrong with moss?
  3. tamadrummer

    tamadrummer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,102

    light and more sun light....
  4. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 6,109

  5. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,911

    down here the lesco high mag iron liquid kills it off pretty good......then add some N to the soil........
  6. NattyLawn

    NattyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,643

  7. bicmudpuppy

    bicmudpuppy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,781

    I've got to read the links posted, but my first thought to your response is that you've got to get out more. The only moss problems I deal with are on putting greens. It doesn't get anymore full sun than an open putting green in the high desert at an elevation just shy of 6000'. Most of my moss grows in hydrophobic areas that are elevated.
  8. bicmudpuppy

    bicmudpuppy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,781

    Tell me what/where you are trying to remove moss. My moss will be dead by June 1st. The only reason it is still here is I didn't get here until July 3rd and making the kind of changes necessary to eliminate it just didn't happen in the little time I had to consider it. (read that as it didn't make the priority list)
  9. bicmudpuppy

    bicmudpuppy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,781

    The one link is to an "organic" spray for use on hard surfaces to kill the moss. Vinegar, Lye soap, Salt, etc. all work to kill anything living on hard surfaces.

    The other link is a decent article. They are pushing ferts. Vertical mow and fertilize for optimal plant growth. Sounds good, BUT what I never see any where but golf type turf is the importance of applying fertilizer and stimulating the turf BEFORE vertical mowing or aerification. Minimum of two weeks before you mechanically remove any thatch, fertilize. Give the plants a good swift kick to get them growing. On short turf, I like to vertical mow after plugging. If it is a spreading grass (even blue grass), you will get quicker fill of plug holes if you verticut after aerification. Next, top dress. Compost, sand or a mix on top of the cut crowns. The top dressing hides the moss from the sunlight it needs to grow, and it protects the plants damaged from the vertical mowing. In golf, we use a LOT of sand and I like sand. I like sand better if I can mix it with 25-40% soil, peat, humates, etc. The sand makes sure you stay open for oxygen. The "heavier" particles help retain moisture and provide some fertility.
  10. mrkosar

    mrkosar LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 680

    shaded areas that needs pruning, but the customer wants the moss gone too. it has soil underneath, and not a hard surface.

    get rid of moss, prune trees, plant a ground cover or fine fescue mix?

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