Originally Posted by MaryK666
I would really appreciate any advice I can get as I am at a loss as to how to kill the carpet of moss that's growing throughout my back garden.
I have tried raking/scarrifying the lawn and removing the moss that way but it always returns. I have also used moss killer from the garden centre that you sprinkle on the lawn but nothing seems to be doing the job and I am at my wits end.
It looks like the only way to get rid of it is to remove the lawn and re-turf it but it's a big job as the gardens quite large and funds won't quite stretch that far. I'm also afraid that it might still re-appear after I re-turf the garden and I'd have wasted all that money for nothing.
I have considered just removing the lawn altogether and putting down paving and gravel but I have a number of cats who really enjoy tearing round and rolling in the grass so it's really not an option.
Any hints/tips or ideas would be very gratefully received.
OP - you can hire a scarifier/aerator which will remove moss/thatch/dead grass as well piercing holes in lawn surface allowing water to drain but also oxygen into the grass roots.
Lawns can become jaded over time, and often owners underestimate just how much time and effort goes into looking after a lawn and keeping it lush and healthy. Ideally monthly feeding and watering is required.
If the moss has developed slowly over time, then remedial works like above should be done followed by the application of lawnsand which will resolve any residual moss not removed by scarifying area. However if the moss has always be present then this would indicate that the area is suffering from inadequate drainage. To resolve this would involve removing existing lawn, rotovating soil and improving drainage and sowing/installing a new lawn. Avoid simply changing grass, because the funadmental issues will quickly become evident with new lawn.
I agree with your cats, a good healthy lawn is the pride and joy of any garden and a wonderful space in which to relax! Clever cats!