Manage moss problems naturally

The best way to prevent moss is to provide more sunlight!

Moss

Moss in lawns

For healthier grass and less moss, prune tree branches to let in more sunlight. Grass prefers alkaline soil so use lime to raise the pH, and fertilize with natural products.

Replace a shaded lawn with a shade garden. The north side of a house isn’t a great place for lawn. Try shade-loving native plants for an easy-care substitute

Renovate your lawn. Rake out the moss in the lawn then reseed the bare spots. Aerate and use an organic or a slow-release fertilizer when you reseed.

If you choose to use pesticides look for products containing soaps, fatty acids. Pick a safer product using the brand-name product rankings in the Grow Smart, Grow Safe product tables.

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Moss on paths and roofs

Moss on paths and roofs

  • Prune branches to reduce moss on roofs and walks.
  • Use hand or power tools to keep paths and structures clean.
  • Don’t power wash the roof. It can damage shingles and cause water damage.

Prevent runoff. Don’t allow products or contaminated rinse water to run into a storm drain or into the street.

Use pesticides as a last resort. Check the label for caution statements. Even some less-toxic products can cause damage to the eyes if not used carefully and according to label directions.

If you choose to use pesticides look for products containing soaps, fatty acids or ferrous sulfate. Pick a safer product using the brand-name product rankings in the Grow Smart, Grow Safe product tables.

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