For many things in life timing is all important, and knowing when to rake out moss from your lawn is no exception. Humble (but frustratingly prevalent) moss can be a major headache for gardeners – seeing it colonize your pride and joy can send even the most resilient of gardeners into a tailspin.
As we get towards the end of the winter and into early spring, it is inevitable that lawns will have varying amounts of moss which has annoyingly pitched up during the dark, damp winter months. Shady areas of the garden such as under trees and next to walls fences are environments in which moss thrives. However, fear not, our expert tips can help you show it just who’s boss…
- Lawns treated for moss during the winter might still have blackened from dead moss in the base of the sward. So as the days start to get longer and temperatures rise (yippee!) it’s a great idea to try and rake out some of the moss before the first mow of the season. This will really kick start the process of helping your lawn start to recover from the winter.
- Moss on small lawns can easily be raked out with a spring tine rake, but larger lawns may require a light scarify with a domestic spring-tine Scarifier or professional machine. We don’t recommend heavily scarifying lawns during the spring (ideally this should wait until autumn) but a light scarify at any time of the year is no bad thing.
- Once the moss has been raked out it can then be mowed – this removes additional moss found deep in the sward which has been disturbed.
- If possible, bare areas should be over-seeded once the soil is warm enough for germination in late April/May. Remember grass seed needs soil contact and constant moisture to be successful.
A professional annual lawn care programme schedules moss control during the winter months and is an essential part of keeping your lawn in good condition.
See this video on how Lawntech carry out annual lawn care.