Help! My yard is being taken over by moss, vines, etc!

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  1. Trotter

    Trotter Supporting Member

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    I'll be the first to admit, I know almost nothing about maintaining a healthy yard!

    We bought a house a few years ago in NW Washington. I noticed the moss/vines when we first moved in, but it just seems to keep getting worse and worse.

    Can anyone please tell me what to do (specific sprays, etc) to get my yard back to nice luscious grass? Any help advice is greatly appreciated! :)

    Here's a few pics of what's going on:

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  2. Pedal Dan

    Pedal Dan The Island of Misfit Pedals Gold Supporting Member

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    Man... I got that crap here also in Pa.
     
  3. The Funk

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    Moss is more of a PH thing, if I recall. You have to use lime or acid to get the ph right. Not sure which direction you need to go.

    Other than that, any fertilizer with built in weedkiller should work. You'll need a spreader, and you'll have to do it several times over the course of the season. When things die, rake them out, and spread grass seed. To a heavy seeding early in the spring, and early in the fall.
     
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    I think you're looking at a complete renovation. Spray with Round-up two or three times (after new growth starts), till, fertilize, lime, and reseed. Do a soil test to see how much lime you need. You might consult a local nursery/garden center (not a big box store) for grass seed recommendations and best seeding time for your area.
     
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    I'd say you have a PH issue. Get yourself a PH tester and test the soil. My guess is you need to sweeten with lime (soil is acidy). Many weeds and moss enjoy acidy soil. This will most likely take several seasons to correct. Careful with the weed killer as you'll have a muddy yard until you can get some grass going.
     
  6. Trotter

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    Thanks! I'll do the PH tester.
     
  7. murraythek

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    I live just north of you on vancouver Island. I'll 2nd that your soil is acidic and needs lime. Grab a tester at the local garden store and based on that follow the recommendation on the lime bags. Rake out that moss and seed seed seed this spring.
     
  8. mikebat

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    On the bright side....moss does not get tall and need to be mowed...... so.....

    In a seriousness, in my part of the world, any weed killer of any worth is not permitted by law, so weeds are running wild here. Many have converted their lawns from grass to clover just because it is near impossible to get a healthy all grass lawn without using products deemed illegal.

    We have to embrace the weeds!
     
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    If you use Round-up, nothing's going to grow there for a good 3 years. It's really for arias where you want no vegetation at all. Use something that won't kill grass, like Ortho Weed-Be-Gone.
     
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    Just a matter of perspective, perhaps, but I'd be thankful to look at my lawn and see green. Like many, I have 2+ feet of snow, and I'll be looking at it easily for the next month or two :-(
     
  11. The Funk

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    Weed Be Gone is the stuff.

    This will take some time and effort, but you will learn a lot in the process.
     
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    I feel ya', the snow melted here and I'm like WHAT?!?!?!?

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    Pretty sure that's not how it works.
    It will kill almost anything you spray it on, but won't keep things from coming back.
     
  14. Trotter

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    Thanks for the tip!

    I can see Vancouver Island from my house... You're slightly NW from me!
     
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    I had that crap in Tennessee. I just mowed it, when it's cut it's all green and I figured I wasn't living on a golf course.
     
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    A regular over-the-counter broadleaf weed killer should be effective on the OP's weed problem, but probably wouldn't do anything for the moss.

    That's correct. Regular Round-Up, or similar products, only have a 7 day residual action in the soil. The OP could spray his yard with Round-up, and 7 days later till it up and re-seed.
     
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    Tried that, no dice. Year after I had a lawn service give it a shot, same.

    I decided to live with it.
     
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    I can see Rus..., er, The Hollywood Sign from my house. It's about 3 miles away...:D


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  20. Trotter

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    I was born and raised in the same little town as Sarah. My father had her as a student (in woodshop class)... He's still really good friends with her Dad.

    ... now back to my weed situation!
     

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