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Lawn Care Tip #1: “Toss” the Moss

February 22, 2012  /  Home Care & Maintenance  /  Marti Reeder

Because of our wet winters, Western Washington is known for moss…in our yards, our gardens, on our roofs, pretty much anywhere damp enough for growing. Because of this, February is an ideal time for controlling spring moss, particularly on our lawns. Here are some tips from author Gabby Hyman, writing for

  1. Apply a moss killer containing iron and potassium salt to your lawn. Be careful when applying it, and be sure to follow the directions on the package. Moss killer can stain decks, sidewalks and driveways.
  2. Aerate your lawn to improve drainage. Consider re-thatching too, if you haven’t done that in awhile.
  3. Check the pH in your soil. In the Pacific Northwest, the ideal level is between 6.0 and 7.0.
  4. After you’ve treated for moss, reseed the area to cover any bare patches.

Good luck and stay dry!

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