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Is Moss Taking Over Your Lawn?

by Ivisons2 Admin
Is Moss Taking Over Your Lawn?

Moss is a non-vascular plant that typically forms dense green clumps or mats, usually in damp or shady areas. Although moss can look beautiful carpeting cool woodland areas, it's defiantly not welcome in our lawns.

If you don't keep on top of the moss, the moss tends to outcompete the grass for water and nutrients, making your lawn uneven and spongy to walk on. 


Why Does Moss Grow? 

Moss in lawns is a sign that there is an underlying issue with the lawn. This can be caused by:

  • Poor drainage 
  • Shade
  • Acidic soil
  • Poorly maintained lawns 
  • Lack of fertiliser
  • Grass being cut too short
  • Heavy foot traffic
  • Poorly prepared lawns

    What Does Moss Look Like?

    There are several types of moss that grow on our lawns. Moss is typically coarse, loose, green or yellowish-green turfs between the grass. Moss can be very dense causing an uneven colour and surface. Moss can also be very loose causing the lawn to feel spongy. 


    What Should I Use To Get Rid Of Moss?

    Ivisons Iron Sulphate

    Ivisons Iron Sulphate is an excellent choice for targeting unwanted moss and greening up your lawn, all at the same time!

    Once applied, wait for the moss to blacken, then scarify your lawn and wait a further couple of weeks before sowing new grass seed or using fertiliser. 

    Angus 10-2-2

    This herbicide is designed to kill moss and broad-leaved weeds in grassed areas as well as providing superb nutrition to produce the finest of swards. The ferrous sulphate not only effectively kills the moss but also provides rapid green-up of the grass.

    Ivisons Lawn Sand

    Ivisons Lawn Sand is a nitrogen-based fertiliser that improves lawn condition by feeding the grass nutrients that encourage vigorous growth, vibrant colour and more robust grass. 

    If moss growth is due to poor drainage, Ivisons Lawn sand is a great choice. The ferrous sulphate works to kill the moss whilst the sand helps with drainage.

    Please note that Ivisons Lawn Sand goes further than most lawn sands on the market, as it contains much more Iron than our competitors’ products.



    Ivisons Iron Sulphate 

    When is the best time to use Ivisons Iron Sulphate?

    It's best to use this a few months after sowing your seeds, to prevent killing young seeds.

    Is it ok to use the Iron Sulphate in a pressure sprayer?

    Yes, however, it will stain anything it comes into contact with.

    Can the Iron Sulphate be used all year round?

    Yes, you can use this all year round. However, please don't use it during extreme weather conditions, such as extremely heavy rainfall.

    Angus 10-2-2

    When is the best time to use Angus 10-2-2?

    It's best to apply when grass, moss and weeds are actively growing, and soil is moist. Do not apply when heavy rain is forecast, however, if no rain falls within 48 hours, then make sure to water the product into the lawn.

    Can I use this on my new lawn? 

    Please do not use this product on a newly sown lawn, or newly laid turf until established for six months. 

    Ivisons Lawn Sand

    When should I use lawn sand?

    Anytime between spring and autumn. However, you should never apply lawn sand when there is a risk of frost, drought, or excessive rain fall.

    How do I use this product?

    Its best to let your grass grow for at least three days prior to applying. After applying, leave it to settle for 3-4 days before mowing. 

    Can I use this on my new lawn?

    There needs to be growth of about 1 inch before applying the lawn sand. If you use this product before then, it can kill or damage the grass seed.