Moss Buster

For those gardeners who love to get out with lawnmowers during the summer months will soon be disappointed as grass growth has started to slow down. This gives gardeners an opportunity to revitalise the grass conditions after summer and to ensure they are fit enough to get through winter.

The big question always asked about lawn care

The number one question customers ask about lawn care is how to remove moss and thatch. CountryLife offer a wide array of products to deal with moss but the conditions for moss have to be removed also. Moss thrives in shaded, wet conditions and if you remove these two conditions everything else will fall into place.

Moss. Image Source: Pxhere.
Moss thrives in shady wet conditions. Image Source: Pxhere.

Removing thatch from your lawn

Removing thatch can be a labour intensive job but with the help of a product called Mo Bacter it doesn’t need to be. Mo Bacter is a slow release organic fertiliser that contains bacteria which will actively digest dead moss and thatch materials, so there is no need to rake! Mo Bacter is soil temperature dependent and works best in warmer months so it is best to apply from March through to September. Firstly removing thatch from the lawn is a way of letting light and air down to the base of the grass which moss doesn’t like.

Thatch healthy grass greenworks dethatcher
Thatch healthy grass. Source: greenworks dethatcher

Make a rake your best-friend

As autumn turns to winter, make the most of any dry days and rake the lawn to lift any dead moss, thatch and also keep it free of leaves. A thick layer of leaves will smother a lawn and weaken the grass and it also provides winter shelter for unwelcome garden pests. The raked leaves and thatch will make a great asset to your compost bin.

Make a rake your best friend. Image Source: Pxhere.
Make a rake your best friend. Image Source: Pxhere.

Improving lawn drainage

As mentioned earlier, wet conditions are also a factor that needs to be addressed when giving your lawn a new lease of life.

Removing thatch and moss in your lawn will help with drainage but areas of the lawn that get heavy traffic, such as play areas often become very compacted and can cause problems with drainage, weeds and moss. To improve drainage the ground needs to be aerated and this is done by pushing a garden fork into the ground as far as you can, then wiggle it backwards and forwards to make air channels. Repeating this every 10com (4in) across the lawn will create a network of drainage holes. Brush horticultural sand across the surface of the lawn so that it fills the holes, allowing air into the lawn and allowing water to drain away more freely.

Using a fork to aerate the lawn. Image Source: iStock.
Using a fork to aerate the lawn. Image Source: iStock.

What to feed your lawn this autumn?

To finish off, perk up tired lawns by giving an autumn feed. Greenforce Autumn Lawn Feed by Hygeia is available in CountryLife garden centres.

It is high in phosphorus and potassium but low in nitrogen fertiliser that will help generate a stronger root system ideal to survive the winter weather and emerge ready for spring growth.

Added iron will give the extra balance to the lawn and no to the moss. Don’t be tempted to use a spring or summer fertiliser as these contain high levels of nitrogen, which encourages soft, sappy leaf growth that’s vulnerable to disease and could be damaged by the upcoming frost.

If you have any problems with your lawn talk to any of our horticulturists in store – we’d love to help. Its always handy to bring in a photo if you have a particular issue for us to give you advice on.