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PlantsMoss is a common symptom on lawns that have something wrong with them. A mistake many people make is to assume the moss is the cause of the problem, when in reality it is the effect of whatever problem is going on. If you detect moss growing on your lawn, you will want to contact a professional lawn care service to help you find what is wrong and work to correct it. There are a number of issues you should consider if you find moss growing on your lawn, and if you want to restore your lawn to a healthy level, you will want to work to correct the problem.

Low pH

Healthy soil should have a good pH level so the grass can grow and flourish evenly. If you detect moss, you should check the pH of your soil and make sure it is not too acidic. You will want soil that contains all of the nutrients required for a full and healthy lawn. If the acid level is too high, you will have to cure the soil by applying lime and fertilizer on a regular basis. You can use various compost if you wish to stay organic with your process. Good soil is the first step to a healthy lawn.

Poor Drainage

Moss can also be caused by soil that retains too much moisture. A red flag for soil that has too much moisture is a high clay content. The clay makes it more difficult for water to drain, which leads to puddles and standing water. If clay is your problem, there are steps you can take to change the soil into something that drains more easily. Keep an eye out for standing water to determine whether or not your lawn has a drainage problem.

Too Much Shade

Is your lawn shaded for a majority of the day? If so, it could mean that your lawn needs more direct sunlight. Grass needs at least a few hours of direct sunlight every day in order to grow to its full potential. You can open up the area by removing a few trees, or, if that does not seem like something you want, you can use grass that is more shade-tolerant. Check out your landscape and see how much sunlight your lawn gets. If the soil has enough nutrients and the lawn drains effectively, too much shade could be the problem.

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