1st Mar 2021
Moss is the most common and troublesome problem that we deal with.
They occur in almost any terrestrial environment where moisture is available. Moss produces no roots as such, however they do produce structures called rhizoids that have a purely anchoring function, with water and nutrients being absorbed via the arial part of the plant.
There are approximately 600 species of moss in the UK, and approximately 30 of these species can appear in turf. They can be grouped into 2 major categories, according to their growth habit:
- Cushion or mat-forming, found on hard surfaces, paving or tennis courts.
- Trailing mosses, symptomatic of poor drainage and shaded areas.
There are normally 2 major growth periods for moss during the year. These are autumn and spring, when spores are produced, before later dying.
If a lawn is infested with moss, it needs to be treated before other applications will work properly. Because moss is such a common problem, when we provide a quotation and lawn analysis, the first treatment that we usually recommend, is a moss killer application, as untreated lawns are most likely to be infested with it.
See Also: Understanding moss and thatch in your lawn.