Gardening Report: Mossy Lawns

Published: Aug. 30, 2019 at 7:31 PM AKDT
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With the wet August we've had, the end result has been the development of more moss on lawns than is expected.

In our final episode of the garden report for this year, Julie Riley from the UAF Co-operative Extension Service passes along some tips on how to handle the moss.

So what I wanted to talk about today was fall lawn care. So because the temperatures have cooled off the moss is actively growing, and it's a good time to take care of it. Moss is an indication that you've got too much shade, you've got contracted soil, or maybe it's too wet.

But if it bothers you, there are a number of products that you can use to get rid of it. They contain either potassium salts of fatty acid or iron.​

And I really wanted to point out that you want to stay away from the moss killing products that are for roofs. They contain zinc, and your lawn is not going to be happy, don't want you to be killing your grass in an effort to get rid of your moss.​

So if your lawn is a little bit light in color, or it's uneven, you can still fertilize up until the middle of September with a high phosphorus fertilizer.​

I'd recommend 5 pounds per 1000 square feet to keep your lawn looking green this fall going into the winter in good condition​

And mow a little bit longer until right before the snow comes. ​

This is our last garden report segment for the summer, I want to thank Mike Shultz the man behind the camera, the man behind the idea for garden's report. Mike's got his fingers on the pulse of the community, and knows there's lots of gardeners out there.​

Bye bye Fairbanks, bye bye viewers in Delta Junction .

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