Care of your lawn in November
Moss in the grass is an ongoing battle for many people. It’s important to understand that moss is a symptom of a problem. If you kill moss without addressing the cause it will return.
Compaction is a major cause of moss growth, and fortunately relatively simple to overcome. Moss requires very damp conditions and if you have not treated the lawn to allow drainage, when it rains the water will remain at the surface, providing the ideal conditions for moss to thrive.
Compacted areas of lawn, such as paths or places that children play, should be aerated. This involves driving spikes quite deeply into the lawn and can be done with a garden fork for smaller lawns or for bigger ones you can buy or hire specialist tools. Aerating will allow the water to drain and deprive the moss of the conditions it needs to thrive. It looks a bit of a mess straight after you’ve finished because the plugs stay on the surface, but for the long term health of the grass is well worth the time and effort. Over the winter, try to avoid walking on the lawn whilst it is wet as this will compact the soil.
Mushrooms in the lawn
A few mushrooms here and there will grow on the healthiest of lawns and does not represent a problem. Sometimes though they can form a clump and if so it is worth cutting the turf and checking underneath to see if there is a piece of wood. Mushroom spores often grow from bits of organic material not removed when the turf was being laid.