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Lawn mostly moss



Firstly this is my first post in this forum so I apologise in advance for any etiquette breaking.

I've actually never had a garden of my own before as either a partner did it or I was living in an apartment.  So I am very much a newbie.


I moved house in Jan to a house that has a small garden that is perfect for me.  However, it has been neglected for some time and because I have been renovating I've only just this Easter gotten into the garden to take a look.

My question today is about the (very small) lawn.  It seems to be mainly moss and while its clearly been cut it hasn't really been looked after.

Everything I have read seems to imply that it needed to be seeded in the Autumn or in March.  Am I too late or is there still a chance?

The lawn is in shade a lot and there is a very bare patch at the top which is in shade most of the time at the moment, I expect it to get 'some' sun over the summer.  I'm also not convinced that it drains very well.

 Are the weed&feed things that you sprinkle on any good?  
I read that I should rake out the moss, is that a good idea at this late stage?

Any help very much appreciated.



  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,488

    I use Sulphate of Iron. It is a powder that you spread or mix with water and put on the lawn. It kills moss and turns it brown and you rake it off and over seed it with grass seed. I would also aerate the lawn and use grass seed for shaded areas. It costs more but right plant for right place! image

  • akh71akh71 Posts: 2

    Thanks Both!

    The video will be handy.


    I'm glad it's not too late as it would be nice to see if I can bring it back to life image

  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,488

    My front garden is north facing and gets summer sun, little direct in December, so you are not alone in having a shaded lawn full of moss. It is now a lovely shade of brown after the Sulphate of Iron has killed the moss....but it will also feed the grass.

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