How to get rid of moss in your lawn

Keep your green grass looking its best with these moss removal tips!

12 July 2019

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Key steps

  • Sprinkle our homemade moss killer made with baking soda (recipe below) and leave it for a few days.
  • Use a rake or brush to scrape or scrub away the dead moss.
  • Overseed your lawn to cover patches where moss has been removed.
  • Keep your lawn aerated.
  • Test pH levels and use agricultural lime to control acidity.
  • Don’t overwater your lawn to prevent moss growing back.

Finding patches of moss interrupting the grass in your lawn? Moss is a common problem for lawn-owners, with a variety of causes. Read on for handy tips on how to get rid of moss in your lawn naturally and prevent it coming back.

After using your homemade moss killer on your lawn, treat other areas of your home. Find tips to get rid of moss on your roof here, and your driveway here.

How to get rid of moss in your garden

There are a few steps to getting rid of lawn moss.

1. Choose a lawn moss killer. A homemade product can be less likely to damage your lawn than some commercial products but they may not be as effective on severe patches. An easy homemade moss killer is to make a baking soda solution with:

  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 4.5l of water
  • ¼ tsp castile soap

2. Sprinkle, spray or otherwise spread your chosen moss killer. With a commercial moss killer, apply it following the manufacturer’s instructions. For a homemade baking soda solution, leave it for a few days to work.

3. Once the moss is dead, scrape it away. Use a rake or hard-bristled brush to scrape or scrub away the dead moss from your lawn. Always start in one direction then change your working angle to ensure you get rid of all the moss.

4. If you notice patches in your lawn, it’s time to overseed. These patches will appear where the moss had been growing. Simply choose your seed (select one that's safe for children and pets if required or specifically for shady lawns etc.) and seed the patchy areas.

How to prevent moss from coming back

Now you know how to get rid of moss, it is important to take steps to avoid it returning. Here are our top tips for keeping moss at bay:

  • Make sure your lawn is aerated. This means adding a number of holes to improve the air flow to the lawn roots. Use a small garden fork to do this at least once a year or after you’ve had a moss clear out.
  • Test the soil pH level. Moss loves acidic soil with low grass nutrients. If your lawn’s pH level is below 6, spread agricultural lime to control the acidity.
  • Give your lawn plenty of sun. Moss thrives in areas where there is a lot of shade. Be sure to keep large bushes or overhanging trees cut back to prevent them from blocking sunlight from your grass.
  • Don’t overwater your lawn. Whilst watering your grass is a great way to keep it looking green and luscious, overwatering provides the perfect habitat for moss. Avoid flooding your lawn and don’t water at night as when it’s cooler the moisture may sit on the soil. If you find your soil is naturally moist, ensure you aerate it regularly.

Now you have our top tips for removing moss from your lawn and ideas of how to prevent it coming back, you can be sure to keep your lawn looking perfect all year round.