I received this question in January 2018 from an older reader. She asked about easy ways to keep her lawn free of moss and dog lichen.
I have a lawn covered in moss and dog lichen. For years I have kept the moss under control.
Now not so young and fit it is out of control.
Can you please advise me what exactly I can do and what products I can buy that would be easy to do so with in the Spring.
Hi Eleanor, Thanks for your question.
You can tell a compacted lawn as the grass will be weak and thin. It will hardly grow and moss and lichen will start to take over. Test your lawn by trying to push a thin stick into the soil. A good lawn will have a nice soft soil which goes deep into the ground. A compacted soil will be almost solid.
Compaction is a very common problem in lawns. The only way to address it is through physical aeration of the soil. There are no chemical treatments which can address a compacted soil. Unfortunately there is no quick fix or easy shop-bought solution.
How to tackle moss and dog lichen?
I recommend contacting a local lawn treatment company and they will be able to help. The treatments shouldn’t be expensive and the results will be dramatic. A much better solution than a new lawn or re-designed garden.
If your lawn does receive a welcome make-over, make sure you keep it looking nice. Cut back any over hanging bushes or trees to give the lawn plenty of light. Keep it fed and mow it nice and high. You will have a lovely lawn again, free from moss and dog lichen, in no time.