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Question: 72-5201
What can we do to get rid of moss? Bart, Groton, CT

Mort's Answer:
It probably is shady in that area. You can thin out the trees for some temporary help. For a more effective solution, you will need to apply 200 lbs. of lime for each 10,000 sq.ft. of area each spring and fall. Another alternative is to make a shade garden with the moss as a focal point. This will produce less remorse.

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Question: 223-5201
How do we get rid of moss in our lawn? John, Niantic, CT

Mort's Answer:
Moss is a tiny plant that thrives in wet shady stony soil. Limestone or hydrated lime will dry out the soil and raise the PH. You should thin or remove the tree canopy because this situation will only reoccur with the growing trees. This should help your growing problem so you do not experience remoss.

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Question: 787-2912
I have a lot of moss in the lawn and on the cement walls. What can I do to get rid of it? Rose, Northern Virginia

Mort's Answer:
I think that you mean algae on the walls. A lime wash will keep the algae from growing on the walls. Lime will also be helpful in changing the pH in the lawn. Moss can be very attractive as an alternative to grass. It requires little maintenance and no mowing at all. If you are in a hurry, sour milk will kill the moss overnight. If you do not want to have remorse, you may need to remove the tree that is proving all the shade for the moss and algae to grow. Hydrated lime for the walls and limestone for the lawn can be applied in the early spring, if you are so inclined.

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