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Old 06-12-2012, 09:06 AM   #1
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Thick mossy lawn

I recently bought a short sale that I had to wait all winter and spring to get the keys. By the time I could do any yard work the grass was about 3 and a half feet tall. Nobody had lived in te house in over a year so it was like hay. Really thick stocks of grass and tons of moss. Now that I have it cut down to the right height it is more like a scalped hay field than a lawn with TONs o moss everywhere. Does anyone have suggestions I what I can do to turn this back into a lawn?


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Old 06-12-2012, 09:26 AM   #2
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Obviously the moss took hold growing in the shade of the tall grass plants. Establish a regular mowing, feeding and watering schedule and it will likely disappear on its own. It will not do well once sun hits it and it no longer has the shade and moisture of the tall grass.

If you can, you might want to bag clippings for awhile.

You should get a soil test though or at least get a home kit and test for at least Ph before adding much.

Use a balanced turfgrass fertilizer since you are late in the season and do not want to over nitrogenate when heat stressors are highest in summer.

As with any turfgrass, water early enough in the day that the turf has time to dry out before the sun goes down and fungus and insects have a chance to move in. The love dark, damp turf environments.

Now then, if it is some sort of fungus and not a moss, you may have to treat with a fungicide. You will soon reach a point where you may find it cheaper to hire a lawn pro---not necessarily a national brand outlet---to get the lawn under control. You may not have access to some of what you may need without an a license or special permit.


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You'll want to mow pretty frequently. The grass is going to try to replace all that plant that you cut off, so you want to give it frequent cuts of about 1/3rd its height until it recovers.

Ditto on the bagging. You probably want to rake it as clean as you can. The moss will disappear on it's own in short order.
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Thanks for the tips you guys!
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