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When it comes to weeds and moss there's no need to worry, because we'll help you weed out the problem areas with handy hints and tips. It can be really tricky tackling these persistent lawn pests, but whatever the size of your affected area just follow our guide to get your lawn looking great again.

How to remove moss

Lawn moss is a very common problem for gardeners. It can be caused by many different factors such as drought or waterlogging. There are two different ways you can get rid of the moss in your lawn. 

Option 1: Remove loose moss by scarifying your lawn

The simplest way to tackle moss is to rake it out using a scarifying machine. Moss doesn’t have long roots so this simply teases out the plants. However, it is a good idea to follow through with a moss killer. It's best to do it this way round because scarifying opens up the dense moss and allows the moss killer to penetrate to the very bottom of the moss plants. If you do this, any remaining moss will die and turn black which you can then rake out.

Option 2: Use a combined feed, weed & moss killer treatment

If you don't want to scarify your lawn then a combined lawn feed, weed and moss treatment will deal with your problem and improve the overall look of your lawn. Remember after treating with a moss killer the moss in your lawn will go black. This means the moss has died and should be raked out to prevent it coming back.

How to remove weeds

There are two different ways you can get rid of weeds in your lawn, manually and with weed killers. We can help you select the best methods and tools for the job. 

Option 1: Remove weeds using specialist tools

The Fiskars weed puller is really easy to use, in just three simple steps you can remove weeds such as dandelions from your lawn. Simply, step, pull and eject to remove the unwanted plant from the roots. This tool makes hard work easy by eliminating all digging and bending reducing any strain on your body.

Option 2: Use a weed treatment

If your lawn contains lots of weeds then applying a lawn weedkiller can help. There are two types of product available. 

  • Selective Lawn Weedkillers: These treatments are ideal if you have small areas of weeds in your lawn because they target just the broadleaved weeds without damaging the surrounding grass. They are available in either a ready to use spray or as a liquid concentrate that needs diluting in a watering can or pressure sprayer before use. 
  • Triple Action Lawn Treatments: If you have weeds all over your lawn, these treatments are ideal as they are best applied to the whole lawn area. Not only will they target broadleaved weeds in your lawn without damaging the surrounding grass but they will also feed the lawn and kill off any moss. They are available as ready-to-use granules that can be applied by hand, or for faster and more accurate application use a wheeled lawn spreader

N.B. with both types of treatment the weeds can take several weeks to die. Some weeds may grow quickly at first and then become twisted prior to dying. Maximum weed control will take 3-5 weeks.

Top tips

  • If you are treating a large area with a weed killer, then it may be easier to use a pressure sprayer to ensure an effective and even application.
  • To reduce the growth of weeds in your lawn don't cut your grass too short. Try mowing more frequently but at a higher setting, so that you are not removing more than a third of the grass blade.
  • The Hozelock Wonder Weeder can make using a weedkiller even easier. Just pour the ready to use or diluted concentrate into the weeder and you'll be able to weed accurately and easily.

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