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Moss

 

QUICK FACTS SHEET FOR MOSS
Common Name Moss
Scientific Name Brophyta
Occurence

Grass - Lawns & Amenity Turf

Hard Surfaces - Roofs, Driveways, Paving 

Artificial Surfaces - Astro Turf, Tennis Courts

Causes

Damp, Moist, Wet, Cold or Shady Areas

Timings Wet Days In Early Spring & Late Autumn

 

 


What is moss?

There are over 12,000 different species of moss. Moss is a small plant that does not flower, it forms dense clumps or mats. Mosses don’t have seeds, they reproduce by spores and rely on being spread by the wind. 


Where can moss be found?

Moss will thrive in damp conditions, in areas where it may be darker and poorly drained. The wet conditions this aids the reproduction of Moss as the male moss cells use the damp to move across surfaces to reach the female cells so they can be fertilised. 

Moss will grow on a variety of surfaces including hard surfaces such as driveways and paths. Despite what people think, the growth of moss on a hard surface will not damage it, it simply looks unsightly and can become dangerous as it is often slippery.

Moss can form on lawns and grassland, and can soon take over. Moss grows on grass surfaces for a number of reasons including lack of drainage or aeration, too much shade, lack of feed, acidic soil, or poor site preparation. Moss that grows on lawns looks greenish/yellow in colour and like a spongy mat. It usually makes lawns uneven in colour.

 

How to control moss:

Hard / artificial surfaces: We recommend using a product that is made up of a dynamic combination of anti-bacterial disinfectant. This makes it a perfect product for all hard surface cleaning and cleansing jobs. Sapphire is suitable for use on all exterior hard surfaces including Concrete, Roofs, Patios, Wood, Tennis Courts, Glass, Plastic & Block Paving and will will cover up to 5 times the area of other products such as MMC Pro & Algoclear.

Moss on lawns or in grass: To kill existing moss we recommend using a ferrous sulphate based product. It will blacken the moss, and then can be removed by hand or bu using a scarifier. To prevent moss from re growing you need to maintain healthy grass. This can be done by vigorous growing of the grass - the best way to achieve this is by regular feeding of the grass with a fertiliser.

Acidic soils increase the growth of moss, we recommend applying lime to lower the acidity and discourage moss.


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