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04-10-2012 12:10 AM

Topic tags/keywords: lawn care

With summer time rapidly approaching here in new england im working out in the yard and after much neglect and terrible conditions ive come to realize …. my yard sucks. While it has many really cool features it gets very very little sun, it full of garbage fill soil thats full of rocks, and most heinously … moss. I aint talkin about a “wee bit o moss” here, im talkin bout the majority of my 1/3 acre yard is moss. Like you can see, or well, maybe imagine, in this pic there are a ton of tall trees that create a good canopy.

So ive been reading up on getting rid of the moss … tarps, bleach, Tide, ferrous suplhate, yada yada yada. So if there are any landscapers, arborists, golf course superintendants, or the like out there. Im like a roast … baste me with your knowledge.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty


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#1 posted 04-10-2012 12:57 AM

Sorry about the picture i thought i had one but thought wrong … and its dark out now.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#2 posted 04-10-2012 03:53 AM

Tear it all up, get the ph/nutrients right in the soil, then spread some shade grass seed!

As for the tarps idea.. I know that will kill off grass like a champ, but I doubt it will hurt moss too much..

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#3 posted 04-10-2012 11:14 AM

I can’t helpyou. We’ve killed more plants than I care to admit. We did go to Arizona for spring break and the idea of filling my yard with sand and scrub brush did appeal to me.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 04-10-2012 11:46 AM

This out the trees so more sunlight will get to the ground.

-- Life is good.

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#5 posted 04-10-2012 12:03 PM

Chrisstef;

You might try posting this over on the Garden Tenders site. Might be more expertise there.

Sunlight does a job on moss. Perhaps you can thin out a few of the smaller trees to get a bit more sunlight thru to the ground.

Good luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#6 posted 04-10-2012 12:24 PM

I will cross post it over there at GT … i know that the sunlight issue is the real problem but the trees i got surrounding my yard are outta my league. I dont mind dropping small ones but i dont have a tree under 35’ high. Ive found some good shade tolerant grass seed that ill be laying down in a few weeks. Ill be sending out a soil sample to uconn for analysis, im sure my soil is very acidic.

Stretch – what ya doin this weekend? Wanna go moss huntin? I know a great spot. Ive thought about bringin the bobcat home and rippin it all up, but thats gonna be a real chore and id rather not go that route if i can avoid it.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#7 posted 04-10-2012 12:29 PM

Moss is green and never needs to be mowed – just thinking.

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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#8 posted 04-10-2012 12:36 PM

I had a small patch of moss in my back yard that I couldn’t get rid of. I went to Lowes and found a spray that was supposed to get rid of it in lawns. When I read the label I realized the main ingredient was detergent soap! It worked and now when I see any moss I just spray it with a very dilute Sunlight solution. Of course you have to re-seed after.

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#9 posted 04-10-2012 12:59 PM

Sure thing.. I’ll bring a load of the lumber I got off the barn I ripped down over the past two weekends.. yellow pine, spruce, and oak beams

If it wasn’t a 10+ hour drive, sure :P

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#10 posted 04-10-2012 01:05 PM

Jeff – ive read about the detergent working im thinkin i might give it a shot in a test area. Im thinin that if i keep it to a small area i can try differnt things without trashing the entire lawn and not spending a ton of cash.

Stretch – Sounds like you got a nice stash of reclaimed there!

Chuck – When did you sneak into my yard????

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#11 posted 04-10-2012 01:49 PM

Chrisstef – Google street view.

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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#12 posted 04-11-2012 04:40 AM

Most of those trees don’t really look all that big, maybe tall but that is from trying to compete. As long as it won’t touch anything valuable I’d drop 9/10th of everything there. With less competition the other trees will also grow stronger. Zinc is also used to kill moss on roofs and doesn’t seem to effect the grass too much in comparison based on the grass around the roof where it is used, might help some.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#13 posted 04-11-2012 03:05 PM

Derosa – they are pretty tall but like you said not terrible large in circumfrance .. im just not that confident in my tree felling ability. Id love to lose a bunch of them but until that money tree starts spitting ben frankliins im up the creek. Ill be trying some products this weekend in a few test areas and i will let all ya guys know how i make out.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#14 posted 04-11-2012 03:13 PM

My future B-I-L is a topper.. Again, too bad you aren’t a few hundred miles closer.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#15 posted 04-11-2012 03:53 PM

Very true Stretch … someone would have to climb these to top them, the septic system and the pitch of the yard make it impossible to get a machine or bucket truck in there. I can operate a boom lift so that may be an option for some of the trees at the bottom of the driveway but id need an 80 footer and those aint cheap.

Ive honestly been waiting for a good wind to blow a few dead ones down but even the tropical storm that blew through didnt do nothin.

Its a one of these days kinda project.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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