There are better ways to remove moss from the garden and your garden furniture. Moss looks very appealing in a forest, but not in the garden, which is a completely different story. If moss grows in places in your garden where you don’t want it, it could be a frustrating thing. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to get rid of moss.
Are you bothered by moss?
If you are frustrated by moss forming in your lawn, you will realize this very quickly. Moss is a thorn in the side of many lawn enthusiasts. After all, where moss grows, no grass can grow. Moss can spread very quickly and forms a thick layer on the ground. When this happens, moisture can no longer reach the grass roots. All the water remains in the moss and eventually the grass will dry out. Moss will grow if you have too much shade in the garden. Moss grows much better in the shade than grass. It is more active in the cooler months; therefore you will need to cut the grass shorter in winter. Moss can also indicate that the soil is too acidic.
Prevention is better than cure
In order to prevent having moss in your lawn, it is most appropriate to sprinkle chalk (or limestone) at the beginning of the year. Chalk makes the soil less acidic. This offers your lawn every chance to absorb nutrients from the soil. Also, moss has difficulty growing in a chalk-rich soil. Also fertilize the lawn in the spring to help grow well. It is also necessary that you fertilize the grass in dry periods and also mow regularly.
No matter how well you take care of your lawn, there will always be a bit of moss in your lawn. You can simply remove moss by aerating and/or by using a good moss repellant.
Should you aerate, you are, in effect, introducing air into the soil. It will also remove the felt layer. The roots of the moss are cut, which implies that new moss will not grow quickly. Aerating is something you should do about twice a year. You can do this after the summer period and after the frost period.
Before using a repellent, it is necessary to pay attention to which product you buy. For example, not every product is environmentally friendly. You can make use of a moss repellent in dry weather. If need be, you should mow the grass a few days in advance. When you are done using the moss killer, you should leave the grass alone for a few days. About two weeks after treatment, you can remove the moss by aerating. Simply repeat this process if necessary.
Remove moss between tiles
Fortunately, it is easier for you to remove moss between tiles than moss in grass. Just combine one part vinegar and one part water in a plant sprayer. Then spray the product on the spots where there is moss, algae or weeds. Kindly note that vinegar can affect the color of your tiles, so first test on small pieces to ensure the vinegar doesn’t damage the tiles. Do you wish to get the big guns? Then you can get rid of the moss with a high-pressure spray. Note that you shouldn’t use this on porous stones.
Moss on your garden furniture
Sadly, moss can also grow on your garden furniture. There are several methods to remove the moss which depends on the material:
· Plastic, steel or aluminum: Put hot water in a bucket and add a dash of all-purpose cleaner. Get a soft sponge or cloth and soak in the water. Scrub the furniture. Always make use of a sponge or cloth while doing this to avoid scratching the furniture.
· Wood: If your garden furniture is made up of hardwood, you can easily spray these with a high-pressure sprayer. If your garden furniture is made of softwood, this isn’t an option. Instead, you can make soapy water with green soap and add a few tablespoons of baking soda, and use a soft brush to clean the furniture.
· Bamboo and rattan: this furniture is very easy to clean when you use clean water with a dash of salt in it.
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