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May 7, 2014

Tim's Tips: Killing moss, creating ideal soil and other spring tidbits

This week, there are a lot of odds and ends to cover on things that you need to know about your lawn and gardens.

There have been a lot of people stopping by the store asking questions about moss growing in their lawn. If you rake the moss out of the lawn, it will just grow back. You need to kill the moss if you want to stand a chance of keeping it from returning to your lawn. There are moss killers that you can apply to the moss. The moss usually dies in a few days. Once the moss dies, you can rake it up.

Moss grows because of shade, poor drainage and acid soil. If you apply lime to the areas where moss has grown, then you stand a good chance of keeping it at bay. In some cases, you can’t do much about the shade. The poor drainage issue may be due to clay soil. An application of horticultural gypsum will help increase the drainage.

Many of you will be planting trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. These plants need to get a new root system established in their new home. When you are planting into containers of any type, you should be using a good-quality potting soil in the containers. If you are putting plants into the ground, you need to know the soil conditions that are best for that particular plant.

As an example, some plants want a well-drained soil. Some plants need a soil that is rich in organic matter. It is up to you to create the ideal growing conditions if the soil in your yard does not meet the requirements of the plant. In many cases, mixing in a garden soil or a planting mix will help create a soil that will be ideal for your new plants.

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