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We have had several months of very wet weather in the Manawatu, and as a consequence I now have a a large infestation of moss in my lawns. I have three questions; 1. When is the best time to eradicate the moss? 2. What should I use? 3. What can I do to prevent a recurrence of the moss?

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You can eradicate moss growing in lawns by applying twice weekly a solution of Yates Sulphate of Iron dissolved in water or with Yates Zero Moss & Algae Gun. Best to apply in Autumn or early winter before moss becomes too established and dense, though the products mentioned can be used as soon as it appears. Another product is MOSSCLEAR from KiwiCare. Cut the lawn one day before treatment then spray. Once you have sprayed, avoid cutting your lawn for as long as possible to allow the product to take effect. When moss has died, rake out of lawn and reseed lawn if necessary. It is important to address the causes of your problem to prevent moss regrowth. Cut back any plants shading the affected area. Improve drainage in the area, this can be done by aerating soil with a spike or fork. If possible, keep off lawn when wet to prevent soil compaction. Moss growth can be a sign of poor nutrient levels in the soil.

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