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Madison, WI Moss Issues

There are hundreds of species of mosses found in temperate climates. However only a few are troublesome as lawn weeds. Moss may be a problem wherever one or more of the following situations are present:
  • low levels of nitrogen
  • poor air circulation
  • excessive shade
  • low soil pH
  • poor drainage or compaction
  • low mowing height
  • any maintenance practice that puts stress on the grass plants

Moss Growing on Lawn


Once the moss turns black it must be raked up and the bare areas should be renovated by applying new toposil and reseeding the areas.

The next step is to find and correct the underlying problem:
  • Prune trees to reduce shade and increase air circulation
  • Aerate to improve drainage
  • Have your soil tested to determine pH
  • Adjust lawn mower to cut at or above 5 cm (2 inches)
Your Madison, WI Weed Man is a trained specialist. He can advise you on the proper techniques to help create a thick, green moss-free lawn.