I work at Homebase and this is my 'two-step attack' for removing moss and preventing it from growing back
17th April 2022

THE SUN is out and Easter Sunday is here.

The majority of us will be spending the day in our gardens or outside, enjoying the sunshine.

And if you’ve got a garden and want it looking perfect for Summer, you’ve come to the right place. 

Having gorgeous green grass is easy with Homebase's "two-step attack" to removing moss.

Moss is one of the most common causes of what the experts at Homebase call a “squelchy-lawn” – because it absorbs water like a sponge. 

Moss can be a nightmare for lawn enthusiasts and if you’re one of them, here’s how to remove it. 

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When it comes to banishing moss from lawns, Tristan Sissons, Garden Buying Manager at Homebase shared a few ways to remove it.

Tristan suggested using either a moss killer or for those who prefer the more organic gardening methods, he suggested sacrifier tools. 

Tristan said: “Removing moss from your lawn requires a two-step attack – firstly, removing the moss and secondly, preventing it from coming back.” 

If you want to remove the moss by scarifying your lawn, you can use a garden rake for a small garden, or an electrical scarifier for a larger one. 

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Tristan explained: “Physically removing moss from your lawn can be done by scarifying. 

“If the moss is only mild, simply scarifying and improving your lawn care can be enough to stop it from coming back. 

“If your moss problem is more severe, you’ll need a stronger combination of scarifying, moss killer and lawn care.” 

However, you can also use moss killer to get rid of your garden moss and the best time to do this is on a dry day.

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Tristan said: “If the moss is thick, scarify your lawn first before applying a moss killer to open the area up. 

“This will allow the product to penetrate to the bottom of the plants.  

“Apply the moss killer by hand (with gloves on) or with a sprayer, but always check the instructions on the back of the product you choose. 

“After treating with a moss killer, the moss in your lawn will turn black (usually after two weeks). 

“Then, use a rake to remove the dead moss from your lawn.” 

Next, you need to ensure that your moss doesn’t grow back.

To do this, Tristan continued: “The best way to prevent moss from coming back is to get your grass growing vigorously.

“Aerate your lawn by spiking holes into the soil at regular intervals using a garden fork or lawn aerator.  

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“Re-seed any sparse patches of your lawn and increase the resilience of your garden with grass seed. 

“When mowing your lawn, be careful not to cut the grass too short as this will stress the grass and encourage moss.” 

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