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Moss on your Patio Deck

by Shannon Lee, All About Lawns Columnist

You work hard to keep your backyard lawn beautiful. Those who have a nicely-shaded backyard might love the fact that they don't have to mow the lawn as often as their neighbors do.

But what about that moss that has started growing on the patio? Moss only grows in dark and damp places, right? What does that say about the health of your backyard?

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Leave the Backyard Moss Alone!

Despite popular belief, moss is not a bad thing to see in your backyard. In fact, some homeowners pay to have moss planted near their patios, decks, and walkways. The lovely green spreading of moss adds a distinctive old-fashioned air that many homeowners adore.

Still Want to Remove It? Here's How

If moss is allowed to run rampant, problems can result. Moss can cover up old stone walls completely, and might detract from their natural beauty. Wet moss on walkways can make for a slippery step, and that can lead to injury.

If you have too much moss, there are a few things you can do. Trimming back hedges or shrubs to allow more sunlight into the area is one easy trick. You can also overseed your lawn with a shade-tolerant grass seed, which chokes out the moss as it grows.

There are also lawn care chemicals on the market that can take away the moss rather quickly. Most of these products kill the moss, turning it to a deep brown color, and then you can scrape it away before reseeding the bare area. However, it is always wise to consider the effects of these products on the environment before you start spraying!

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About the Author
Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.



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