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petemurphy

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3,991 posts

66 months

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Hi,

Just moved house and the lawn looks very green but has a lot of moss.

How should I go about getting rid of it - having a quick peep in homebase etc all the lawn moss killing stuff says to do it from april.

can i do anything now eg rake it etc or am i best leaving it till april and just using some killer?

any rec which one if so?

thanks

Dr Mike Oxgreen

1,553 posts

48 months

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Wait until spring, then apply one of the combined feed/weed/mosskiller products, preferably using a drop-spreader. Then wait for it to take effect, and when the moss has turned black and dried, then rake it out. Continue to feed your lawn once or twice more during the summer.

If you're planning to be really keen about your lawn then ultimately you want to work out why your lawn got overpowered by the moss. There must be something that is favouring the moss - work out what that is and fix it, and you'll never have moss again.

Off the top of my head, two things that spring to mind are shade and compaction. There's often not a lot you can do about the former, apart from sowing some shade-tolerant grass seed. For compaction, you might want to rent a hollow-tine aerator in September - and also rent a scarifier while you're at it.

steveo3002

3,243 posts

57 months

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i got an used elec lawn raker from ebay for £10 , cracking little machine gets bag fulls of moss and bits out the lawn , id suggest you look around for one before they get popular in the spring

Kapenta

356 posts

79 months

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Have the pH of your soil checked (take 6" deep plugs from at least half a dozen locations across different areas of your lawn). Highly acidic soils can also encourage moss growth.

petemurphy

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3,991 posts

66 months

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cool thanks chaps
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OscarIndia

770 posts

55 months

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I used MoBacter on one of my lawns and scarified another and just mowed another for a test.
All lawns are getting MoBacter next year!
It doesn't turn the lawn black and essentially eats the moss. Brilliant stuff.

petemurphy

Original Poster:

3,991 posts

66 months

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OscarIndia said:
I used MoBacter on one of my lawns and scarified another and just mowed another for a test.
All lawns are getting MoBacter next year!
It doesn't turn the lawn black and essentially eats the moss. Brilliant stuff.
cool will google it!

petemurphy

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3,991 posts

66 months

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looks great as its organic and less harsh chemicals the better!

Craikeybaby

3,206 posts

108 months

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I hired an electric lawnscarifier and raked up all the moss. The lawn looked a mess for a few weeks, but was great afterwards.

petemurphy

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3,991 posts

66 months

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Thursday 6th February quote quote all
anyone used greenthumb service my dad uses it says its £5 a month and they treat it 4 times a year? any good if so?

Steve Campbell

235 posts

51 months

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When the moss killer has got to work and you've scarified it all away...expect to think "oh my god, what have I done" ..if you have a lot of moss...you'll end up with a "lawn" that looks like a flat version of the Somme...with whispy bits of grass here and there ! You will need to re-seed. Once the seed has taken though, it'll look great.

OtherBusiness

104 posts

25 months

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petemurphy said:
anyone used greenthumb service my dad uses it says its £5 a month and they treat it 4 times a year? any good if so?
I use them, very good. No weeds and good grass. Unfortunately the lawn has just this month been attacked by leatherjackets so has been ruined. Greenthumb are going to sort it by treating it to kill the leatherjackets, then a lawn renovation - basically really deep scarify, aerate, reseed and top dress. Annoying as it was looking good till these leatherjackets decided to eat all the grass!

NPI

1,310 posts

7 months

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OtherBusiness said:
petemurphy said:
anyone used greenthumb service my dad uses it says its £5 a month and they treat it 4 times a year? any good if so?
I use them, very good. No weeds and good grass. Unfortunately the lawn has just this month been attacked by leatherjackets so has been ruined. Greenthumb are going to sort it by treating it to kill the leatherjackets, then a lawn renovation - basically really deep scarify, aerate, reseed and top dress. Annoying as it was looking good till these leatherjackets decided to eat all the grass!
They're not going to all that as part of the £5/mth are they?

OtherBusiness

104 posts

25 months

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Unfortunately not! £30 to get rid of the leatherjackets and then the lawn renovation is £200. Cheaper than getting it turfed of course, and saves me the hassle of doing it.

NPI

1,310 posts

7 months

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OtherBusiness said:
Unfortunately not! £30 to get rid of the leatherjackets and then the lawn renovation is £200. Cheaper than getting it turfed of course, and saves me the hassle of doing it.
I thought so - they came around to my house and led with the "fiver a month" or whatever it was, but started on about all sorts of stuff that was getting completely out of hand. I got some stick from the missus - it's the NE facing front that's bad. I'm thinking of astroturf but someone will probably nick it!

OtherBusiness

104 posts

25 months

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I pay £15 per quarter all in, for 4 treatments. I scarify it myself. Was all good until this infestation!

Dr Mike Oxgreen

1,553 posts

48 months

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OtherBusiness said:
Unfortunately the lawn has just this month been attacked by leatherjackets so has been ruined.
What were the symptoms, just so I know what to look out for?

OtherBusiness

104 posts

25 months

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Basically the lawn just started dying, really quickly. Early Jan it was fine. 2 weeks later, large brown patches started appearing and then nothing left by the end of Jan. Mostly mud at the moment for half the lawn (as they spread). Few links below.

http://www.lawnsmith.co.uk/novice/pests-diseases-o...
http://www.rolawndirect.co.uk/turf_pest_and_diseas...
http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/problems/lawn...


netherfield

1,295 posts

67 months

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Dr Mike Oxgreen said:
OtherBusiness said:
Unfortunately the lawn has just this month been attacked by leatherjackets so has been ruined.
What were the symptoms, just so I know what to look out for?
An abundance of Daddy-Long-Legs is an indicator of Leatherjackets.

Busa mav

1,435 posts

37 months

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Whilst I liked the way our lawn looked when Greenthumb were tending to it ,
I drew the line when the treatments got to £ 160 a time !
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