Now is a good time to talk about moss – a common garden inhabitant that many gardeners dedicate time to battle with. We recommend dealing with moss in the autumn and spring so you can keep on top of it. Mosses (or Bryophytes) are thought to be 450 million years. That means they’re more ancient than the dinosaurs and have survived several mass extinction events. These days you’ll find them in tropical, desert or even arctic landscapes. Basically they’re tough. No wonder they’re difficult to banish from your garden! They’re surprisingly varied in the colours that they produce through the year, and in many gardens and temples in Japan, mosses are cultivated. Once moss temple is even a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Do you have a moss problem?
Moss is pretty easy to identify. If your lawn feels spongy to walk on then there’s probably moss.
Do I need to get rid of it?
We think that moss is a sign of an unhealthy lawn. It might be too wet, or too shaded. Sometimes it’s because the soil is compacted from mowing grass too short. If you see moss as a blight on your lawn, it is easy to get rid of.
1. Scarify (rake up) the moss.
2. Aerate the exposed soil with a garden fork
3. Brush in a top dressing mixed with sharp sand (1:2 ratio)
Keep moss at bay
The best way to keep mosses out of your garden is creating good growing conditions for your turf.
•Prune back branches or foliage that are keeping a moss-prone area dark and damp.
•Fertilise your lawn with suitable fertilisers in autumn and spring
Did you know?
Mosses, like lichen, are bioindicators. That means that they’re sensitive to air pollution, so their presence or absence tells us something about local air quality. If you have mosses growing in your garden, that may mean that you’re enjoying better air quality.