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Friday, November 20, 2009

Moss isn't everyone's cup of tea, but it has its purpose

Moss isn't everyone's cup of tea, but it has its purpose - : Life

Question: This year, I have noticed that moss has been killing my grass and taking over a large part of my lawn. I have used moss killer, but it just keeps coming back. Do you have any suggestions?
Answer: Moss can make a beautiful addition to your landscape, but if it is not your cup of tea then there are certain conditions that lead to the growth of moss that need to be addressed. It is important to first realize the moss is not killing your lawn. Moss is nature's way of filling in an area not conducive to growing grass, but more in line with growing moss.
Mosses are among a unique group of plants that do not have a vascular system to transport water and nutrients. They are more advanced than fungi and reproduce by spores rather than seeds. Their role in the ecosystem is to decompose dead logs and keep soil moist, as well as providing a shelter for insects and nesting material for birds. You will most commonly see moss growing in soils that are shallow, rocky, have poor fertility, a high or low pH, and are usually shaded with excessive moisture.
The first step to controlling moss is.....


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