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May. 13th, 2009 | 02:59 pm
posted by: aquafemme in rain_garden

1. Like many, I have moss in my lawn. Do I really have to get a soil test or is it pretty safe to assume that the pH is acidic and I should add lime?

As an aside, I had a bare patch of lawn from removing an ugly barrel and put down 'guaranteed to grow' all-in-one grass seed w/ fertilizer/mulch (turquoise chunks of paper - can't remember brand) and watered it regularly. It's been 10 days and I don't see anything! Anyway, I have Moss Out but, given my lack of success with growing grass, I'm afraid to use it and end up with huge bare spots in my lawn.

2. I also have many evergreen trees on my property. I'd like to hire an arborist to thin them out. Anybody have someone they'd recommend? I'm in Redmond, WA.

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Kaleidoscope Eyes

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from: kaleidoscopeeye
date: May. 13th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
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Safe to assume to add lime, I believe.

The guaranteed to grow stuff works for me, but it does take a lot longer than I expected. I put it on pretty thickly.

Moss out helps with our moss issues, but we still have moss and I suspect we always will. It is an ongoing battle for sure.

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mumbojumble

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from: mumbojumble
date: May. 13th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
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Yes, moss needs an acidic pH. It's going to be hard to get the moss out of your lawn. Lime will help (use the small chunks, dolomite lime, instead of the powder if possible, since it lasts longer). The moss-out stuff could be tested on one patch that isn't visible, perhaps. You can also thatch it out, but that's a pain. Unless you want a picture-perfect lawn, just take some steps to sweeten the soil and retard its growth, then live and let live.

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mshrmit

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from: mshrmit
date: May. 14th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
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Our house is on about a third of an acre and we just thatched it last weekend. It only took about ten or fifteen minutes to thatch, but about an hour to rake everything up and haul it to the compost.

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mshrmit

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from: mshrmit
date: May. 14th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
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I would just thatch your lawn, aerate it, and reseed. Your lawn looks fine without the reseeding, but it helps make less room for the moss to make a comeback. Plus, as a side benefit, you get a ton of moss to add to your compost pile.

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Corrie

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from: blue_chicory
date: May. 15th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
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Moss only grows where grass can't, but it is usually because of too much shade or not enough plant nutrients, not so much only soil pH. If it is very shady, you're out of luck, or you have to remove some shade. If there is enough sun, then you probably need to fertilize, or reseed and fertilize. Grass with enough light and nutrients will crowd out moss pretty much every time. Lime wouldn't hurt, but probably wouldn't solve the problem either. Or you can leave the moss, it doesn't need to be mowed, right? :)

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Corrie

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from: blue_chicory
date: May. 15th, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
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Oh, and just killing the moss just leaves bare ground for more moss or weeds to grow in. Moss grows where the grass has died for some reason, but it is not nearly competitive enough to push out healthy grass, if you see what I mean. Adding some nutrients our rain-leached soils is the only way to get grass to grow some places, grass can't move into where the moss was without food to grow on.

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aquafemme

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from: aquafemme
date: May. 18th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the tips. I can live with green moss but this stuff is more of a yellow-brown. There is definitely enough sunlight in the spot so it must be nutrients/pH/etc.

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