Posted: 05/04/2017 at 19:38
You are quite right, we do have a lot of shade and are surrounded by large oak trees, though they don't exactly overhang the lawn or drip on it. However, I used to manage to keep it looking very good until my husband became very ill (he died in November) and I lost my help and Green Thumb didn't get round to doing the Autumn treatment. I didn't get round to scarifying it last year and my son may have cut it a bit too short. As I said. I have put some of that Evergreen Complete on but hadn't realised that the spring had come off the Scotts spreader so it is very patchy. Also, the stuff was last year's and though the bag hadn't been opened I think it must have gone off as it still hasn't fully dissolved even after hosing and quite a bit of rain. I thought I'd give it some more time and hope to get more rain and then go over with my electric rake; much too large an area for me to do it by hand and I am 80. Then I planned, after it has had a it of a rest, to get it aerated, which will be quite expensive, and get a firm to do the rest of the treatments as required, if necessary treating for moss again in the autumn, which is when these firms seem to do it, though I prefer spring myself as I like to rake out the blackened moss and one has less chance of getting decent weather before it gets too cold to do it. Interestingly, one firm I had a quote from used a spray treatment which didn't turn the moss black; I wondered how one knew that it had worked. At least it is pretty weed free. There were a few dandelions but I have taken them out.