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Scarifying the lawn

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 21:13

Yes, I plan to get someone in to do that once I have finished scarifying and got rid of most of the dead moss, if I live that long.  It is always going to be a problem as the conditions are as you describe.

Scarifying the lawn

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 20:23

Thanks, MowTastic.  That's what I thought, though it's jolly difficult to get out all that  blackened moss, isn't it?

Scarifying the lawn

Posted: 04/05/2017 at 14:17

A recent item on GW about lawncare showed someone raking out green, i.e. untreated, moss.    I thought that doing that spread the spores and made it worse.  Is it OK to rake it out without treating?


Posted: 28/04/2017 at 13:49

Some ground elder has come through from next door's garden and I have sprayed it with glyphosate solution some days ago.  No reaction so far.  How soon can I expect to see some effect.  I am about to spray another pernicious weed.  I don't know what it is called.  Had never seen it till we moved from Herts. to Bucks.  It has a pink flower if one leaves it that long and long white roots and is spreading everywhere.  Very difficult to get all the root out and it seems to spread that way as well as by other means.

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Posted: 15/04/2017 at 22:11

I hope you see a big improvement, Stephanie.

What about feeding the lawn?  I presume the ferrous sulphate only kills the moss.

I used Evergreen complete on some of our lawns, till I ran out of the product, and unfortunately missed a few bits.  The difference in the colour and vigour of the grass between the hit and missed is amazing so I shall have to go over the missed bits manually.  I have discovered a bag of "moss killer" in the shed but I presume that wouldn't solve the problem of the difference in the colour.  Is there any suitable fertiliser I could water or  scatter on to the missed bits? 

Scarifying the lawn

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 23:01

The advice is much appreciated.  Thanks to all.  What I have is an electric rake, too.  Not sure what the difference is between that and a scarifier.

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Posted: 05/04/2017 at 21:51

I've never added the treated moss to my compost heap but was surprised to read somewhere recently  (don't ask me to remember who said it; my memory is going) that it's fine to do so. However, I still won't,

The trouble with these small scarifiers is that the bags on them are ridiculously small and unusable really so one still has to rake up the moss the machine drags up.  However, that is still a lot easier than raking it out of the grass by hand. It's quite satisfying to see the huge amount it does rake out.  I actually have 5 lawns and the total area is estimated by one firm at 360 sq.m. and 420 sq.m. by another.  To be fair, 3 of them are not rectangles so difficult to measure.  How would you like to handrake that, Greenfingers?

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Posted: 05/04/2017 at 20:37

So when do you remove your moss?  I thought there was a danger of spreading it if you raked it when the spores were active and it had not been treated?

Scarifying the lawn

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 19:38

Thanks, Greenfingers. 

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.

Scarifying the lawn

Posted: 05/04/2017 at 16:04

My lawn is full of moss.  I have treated it but the spreader wasn't working properly so it is not very even and blackened in places.  I want to scarify and aerate it and may have to give it another treatment so called in one of the companies who do those things and got quotes.  They left me a booklet to read which said that the small domestic scarifiers (electric wire rake),  like the Black and Decker one I own and was thinking of getting my young helper to use,  can cause severe long-term damage and split the stolon of the grass, allowing diseases into the plant. 

Is there any truth in this?  I have no idea what diseased grass looks like but I have certainly got a lot of moss out with mine in the past.

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