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mossy beds

So much moss has appeared in my garden beds- and I don't know what to do! It is right through between the tall plants, and over the top of small ones. The beds are on a slope so drain quite well, but I know it has been a damp winter.

Any ideas, please?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,306

    I'm just raking it off

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,131

    Just stir the surface with a hoe or rake image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Moss can indicate several conditions in the garden.

    A high acidity, pH 5.0 to 5.5 is ideal for growing moss. A simple soil test will determine your soil pH……add lime if it is acidic.

    It may be low fertility….soil that is nutrient poor and/or unfertilized encourages moss growth.

    Soil compaction (a byproduct of constant rain)….moss can grow easily on compacted areas.

    Or maybe shade….moss needs shade, from buildings, trees or even the shade of a densely planted flowerbed.



  • MaggieLMaggieL Posts: 20

    thanks everyone

  • We have beds absolutely covered in moss in our new allotment. Is it ok just to dig it back in? We also use a rotavator occasionally and i was wondering if it might be the cause of the soil becoming compacted, thereby allowing the moss to grow? The beds are well drained but have not been cultivated for 2 years.

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