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31/03/2014 at 21:43

Thanks for the good advice and I've followed most of the steps to a certain point...I was wondering when to scarify the lawn after applying the lawn care. I've had it on the lawn for a few days now?

The lawn at the front of the house gets very little sun until around this time of year till autumn so is damp and like you say, it's been a wet winter. I have scarified it in the past and drained it with a deep fork, this helped loads but this year a neighbour recommended feed and weed, lawn care.

I'm guessing when it goes black then the lawn care has done it's stuff but just not sure.
31/03/2014 at 23:07

Yep, moss goes black after treating, now you can scrape it out. Hard work but worth it.

31/03/2014 at 23:43

Raking out moss by hand is extremely tedious, better to hire or borrow a scarifier.   Make sure you have loads of bin bags as you shouldn't put treated moss on the compost heap.

01/04/2014 at 13:33

Thanks for the advice and confirming my thoughts..

01/04/2014 at 14:30
Yes, I agree. Treat the lawn with moss killer and it should quickly kill it (and go black) in a matter of days. You can then rake/scarify to remove.

And if you can see lots of gaps and soil I'd recommend over-seeding with grass seed mixed with compost. April is usually a good month to do this, as warmer conditions and April showers encourage seeds to germinate and grow.
01/04/2014 at 22:22

Great I'll do that, got the seed sat there ready, will get the rake out tomorrow.. if not too wet, it rained a bit today so we'll see.........thanks for your help.

03/04/2014 at 17:50

Now all the dogs fur has been taken for nest material the blue tits are taking the moss from the grass,saves me a job of picking it up after raking.


03/04/2014 at 19:04

Those are very well trained birds, oldchippy. Please send them my way!

03/04/2014 at 19:07
Can i put the blackened moss on my compost heap?
03/04/2014 at 19:09
I have a clay soil and have raked the moss, but I cannot now use chemicals as I have a very small tortoise and this would be harmful. Any other suggestions would be much appreciated
05/04/2014 at 08:26
I too have very mossy lawn. My problem is my soil is clay so after it rains my lawn is wet for days.
I would like to know in which order i need to tread my lawn


Moss Treatment

Aerator/Horticultural Sand

Thanks in advance
05/04/2014 at 22:48

Hi Ken.  I'd apply moss killer first.

Leave until moss is dead and blackened then mow to shorten grass.


Then scarify to remove dead moss and thatch, and mow again if very untidy.


Hope this helps.

07/04/2014 at 13:37

Cheers Adam 

Looks like I might have to dig a trench to aid drainage first 

07/04/2014 at 14:27

rhapsody - I wouldn't put the moss in the compost heap. After using chemical lawn treatments any clippings etc that you have should be put in your bin for council uplift. I wait about 6 weeks after using anything before adding the clippings to my compost. I've not had any problems  

08/04/2014 at 20:15

Hi Ken Platt.

Adam Pasco is right but one thing to consider is how fast you want the results.

Please look at the trial!

Chemicals are not good in my opinion, at any time!!!!!!

There is no need at this time of year. Walk over and enjoy. Dig out new growth/ weeds???, and compost Every week and or two. The perennials (dock and dandelions) will get weaker and weaker. Only ever, ever weedkill by touch to each each plant if needed. You will find that the above will come back time and time again.

If ??? it did not  what whould you have to do???? 

Look for slugs.!!!!!!!!

Aerate now and then scarify and if needed re seed.

The question is how deep is your clay?

Let us know, Please



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