Moss is one of the most common causes of what we call a ‘squelchy-lawn’ – because it absorbs water like a sponge.
When it comes to lawn weeds and moss, there’s no need to worry. We’ve got a great selection of weed killers and moss killers available at Homebase. Or, if you prefer the more traditional and organic gardening methods – there’s a range of weeding tools and scarifiers to help you remove moss from your garden.
Without the proper know-how, it can be quite tricky getting rid of these persistent lawn pests – but whatever the size of your affected area, just follow this guide to get rid of moss and weeds from your grass for good.
Let’s start with what you’ll need.
How to get rid of moss
Tackle the cause
Lawn moss is a very common problem for gardeners. A dry spell or prolonged period of very wet weather is usually what causes it, but it could also appear due to a handful of other factors – such as:
• Shade – moss likes it damp and dark. Give your lawn a bit more sunlight 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/grass feed is the perfect solution.
• Acidic soil – if your lawn isn’t the only thing in your garden struggling, you can get a soil test to see if acidity might be the culprit. There are several products available that will help shift problematic pHs.
When you’re ready to start tackling it, there are a few different ways to get rid of the moss in your lawn.
Option 1: Remove loose moss by scarifying your lawn
This isn’t as scary as it sounds. It simply means giving your lawn a good rake. The easiest way to remove moss is by hiring or investing in a scarifying machine. Moss doesn’t have long roots, so this carefully teases out the plants. However, it is a good idea to follow through with a moss killer as an added precaution.
It’s best to scarify the lawn first as it will open the area up, allowing the moss killer to penetrate to the very bottom of the 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 would prefer not to scarify your lawn – then a combined grass feed, weed and moss treatment will deal with your problem and improve the overall look of your garden.
The best time to use these products is on a dry day in the Spring or Autumn. You can usually apply them by hand or with a sprayer, but always check the instructions on the product you choose.
Top tip: most garden treatments contain added feed to kickstart your grass, but 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.
Option 3: Strengthen your grass to squeeze out moss
Strong grass does a pretty good job of squeezing out most moss and weeds on its own, so give it the best chance with regular feeding and lawn maintenance. Goodbye squelchy lawn, hello springy grass.
Now you’ve tackled the moss in your garden, here’s how to get rid of weeds.
There are two different ways you can get rid of weeds in your lawn – manually or with weed killers. In this section, we’ll help you select the best method and tools for the job.
Option 1: Remove weeds using specialist tools
The Fiskars weed puller is easy to use – in just three quick steps you can remove weeds such as dandelions from your grass and lawn edges. Simply step, pull and eject to remove the unwanted plant from the roots.
This tool makes light of hard work by eliminating the necessary 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 products 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.
Triple Action Lawn Treatments:
If you have weeds all over your lawn, these treatments are ideal as they are best applied to the whole grass 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 a faster and more accurate application – use a wheeled lawn spreader.
Top tip: with both types of treatments, the weeds can take up to several weeks to die. Some weeds may grow back quickly at first and then become twisted prior to dying. For maximum weed control, you’ll need to allow 3-5 weeks.
Top tips for getting rid of moss and weeds
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 you’re removing no more than a third of the grass blade each time.
Tackling lawn weeds needn’t be a tiresome task. Even if you would prefer to ditch the weed killer and opt for a chemical-free method – 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.
For the best moss removal solution for your lawn, take a look at our full selection of all-in-one lawn feed that includes a moss killer additive . 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.