Tackle the cause
A spell of drought or very wet weather can trigger moss growth, but there could be a few extra reasons why it’s decided to move in:
- Shade – moss likes it damp and dark. Give your lawn a bit more light by trimming back hedges and trees.
- Lack of air in the soil – this promotes moss growth, as it’s better suited to these conditions than grass. Our guide to aerating your lawn will help swing the balance back in favour of the grass.
- Mowing too close – cut the grass too short and it will struggle to get ahead of low-lying moss and weeds.
- Infertile soil – regular fertiliser or grass feed will help sort this one out.
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 and 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.
Note: 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.
- 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.
Follow these lawn tips and before you know it you’ll be the envy of all your neighbours, with a beautiful green lawn – and not a weed in sight!
For the best weed killer and moss removal solution for your lawn, take a look at our full selection of weed killers at Homebase. We also stock a great range of weed killer sprays for a quick and easy way to create a lush, green, weed-free lawn that any gardener would be proud of.
Tackling lawn weeds needn’t be a tiresome task, even if you’d prefer to ditch the weed killer and use chemical-free, organic gardening methods. Gone are the days of spending hours bending down to fight against tough weed roots with your garden trowel… With modern tools such as the lawn weed puller you’ll be enjoying a weed-free garden lawn in no time at all!