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The common gardening mistake is to make moss thrive in your lawn – because it ‘loves’ an ingredient

If you’ve noticed that your lawn is becoming a haven for moss, it may be due to a common gardening mistake. As Britain prepares for the next heatwave, many are sprucing up their gardens ahead of sunnier days. It’s the perfect time to hose down the yard, mow the lawn, and enjoy watching your garden come to life while enjoying a beer or cup of tea.

With more frequent sunshine, many of us have started watering our lawns to prevent them from drying out. But beware, an expert has issued a warning that a typical gardening blunder could be inviting moss to spread across your green space.



Chris Mcllroy of The Grass People says that because moss thrives in moist places, it can often indicate drainage problems. “Moss loves moisture, so water your lawn carefully and avoid flooding the lawn,” he said. “Avoid watering your lawn at night as it is cooler and moisture can sit on the soil. If your lawn is naturally wet, you should aerate it regularly.”

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For those who have been meticulous with their garden watering but still struggle with an unsightly moss problem, all is not lost. Gardening enthusiasts are excited about an ingenious method that eliminates the hassle without resorting to raking.


On the popular Gardening UK Facebook page, one person looking for a remedy for her moss-infested lawn found satisfaction with a particular product. “Richard Jacksons is doing one which is brilliant,” said one member of the group. “Quickly after using it, the moss disappeared from my lawn.” A second contributor said: “I used Richard Jackson’s moss killer. It’s great and does the job without me having to rake.”

You can pick up a bag of Richard Jackson Flower Power Moss Remover & Lawn Feeder for £29.99 from Amazon. It may sound expensive, but a 5kg bag can treat up to 100 square meters of grass.

The highly rated product works by “overfeeding” moss that will die and turn black in 20 days. But unlike many moss killers, this product contains a bacteria that will then “eat” the dead moss as the grass grows, saving you the hassle of raking it.

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