Moss on lawns

Most gardeners have trouble at some stage with moss on lawns. This is unsightly and is often a result of poor growing conditions. By improving the health of the lawn, moss can be kept at bay.

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Moss in a lawn. Image: John Trentholm/RHS

Quick facts

Common name Moss
Botanical name Various
Areas affected Lawns and artificial turf
Main causes Damp conditions, poor drainage and low grass vigour
Timing Treat in autumn or spring

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