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Old 01-08-2014, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Westchester, NY
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I have one acre of property, and roughly 1/4 doesn't get enough sun, due to a large cliff blocking the afternoon sun in my front yard. After fully re-sodding a mixture of tall fescues a few years back, the nagging result has been nothing but an influx of ever growing Peat Moss, which seems very dormant at the moment, due to the cold weather. During the growing season, it infiltrates the good grassy zones which get enough sun.

I've tried "everything under the sun" to rid (various home depot dry out products, corn meal, organic ferts) yet nothing seems to have a strong enough effect with the hopes to stimulate normal fescue growth.

If I let Peat win, I may have to succumb to a new stretch of Pachysandra or similar ground cover, in which this potential appearance could throw off the balance between - lawn and plant.

your thoughts?
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:31 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Welcome to my world, where the lawn is shaded all year by massive fir trees and the two-story house, and we get rain 9 months of the year. I have to treat it twice a year. In spring, you should use a grass rake to remove as much moss as possible, then use a spreader to apply the moss killer. You have to water it in well, though here we don't since it rains through June. Then after it turns black, apply your spring fertilizer and spot re-seed bare areas.



Use something like this:

Scotts SC31005A Moss Control Granules for Lawns, 5,000 sq. ft.
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Old 01-09-2014, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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OMG what I wouldn't do for more moss. Is moss killer safe? Maybe you could sell bits of your moss on amazon. Ppl want it.
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:01 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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OMG what I wouldn't do for more moss. Is moss killer safe? Maybe you could sell bits of your moss on amazon. Ppl want it.
Then they should move here. We have it on the lawn, driveways, rocks, dirt, trees, roof. I do bonsai and use it for decorative purposes and when I need some just walk outside and grab a hunk.

Here is a tree in Seattle.

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Old 01-10-2014, 06:07 PM
 
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Just a slight correction: what you have is moss, not peat moss.

Peat moss is the partially decomposed remains of moss which is found in wetland bogs. Mining peat moss destroys these rare wetlands, so no gardener with any hint of an environmental conscious should use peat moss.

The Real Dirt on Peat Moss | Garden Rant
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Old 01-22-2014, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Aiken, South Carolina, US of A
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Personally, I love moss.
I get it sometimes during the year, but the summer months it is too dry
for the moss.
It grows in the fall and winter here and it is the only green thing around
when it becomes cold.
I just ordered some moss for my terrarium, LOL, and paid good for it.
So, enjoy your moss.
I'm jealous.
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Old 01-22-2014, 05:33 PM
 
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Do moss grow on alkaline soil? I've always think they only grow in acidic soil but I found some moss in my backyard.
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Old 01-24-2014, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Kalamalka Lake, B.C.
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Add powdered lime.
Test you soil ph.
Hope for more sun.
Prey for less rain.
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