WEED AND MOSS REMOVAL
Nothing destroys the curb appeal of your home more than the sight of weed and moss in your lawn, garden, pavements, and structures. Even the best-tended lawns and yards occasionally come under attack from weeds and turf moss. Weed seeds can float in the air or be blown into your garden by strong winds. Crawling weeds from an outdoor patch can slowly and unnoticeably creep into your property to claim more territory.
In a similar way, lawn moss can become a very common problem in your garden. It can be caused by different factors such as drought or waterlogging, compacted soil, poor drainage, high soil acidity, or something as simple as insufficient sunlight due to overgrown shrubs and trees.
Structural moss can also build up on your pavement, roof, exterior walls or other structures. More than just an eyesore, moss can also lead to structural damage which, if left unchecked, will eventually require extensive and expensive home repairs. Heavy moss buildup can weigh down roofs, displace shingles, and retain moisture that can result in rotting and water damage. Besides being unsightly, pavement moss on your patios and walkways can also become slippery and unsafe.
How well you cope with the onslaught of weed and moss depends on the overall conditions of your home and garden and more importantly, the weed and moss management response that you choose. There are many options available, but each of these requires sufficient understanding of weed and moss behavior as well as a thorough assessment of your property—layout, structure, drainage, soil acidity, weather conditions and a lot more.
While wee and moss buildup in your home can seem overwhelming, eliminating them doesn’t have to be difficult. As long as you work with an organic pest control specialist with long years of proven expertise in weed and moss removal and prevention, you can eliminate weeds, overcome destructive moss buildup and take back your yard and structures in no time!
HOW MOSS GROWS IN YOUR HOME OR GARDEN
Moss loves damp and dark environments, which is why it proliferates in moist and shaded areas of your home and garden. It also thrives in compacted or poorly drained soil. In lawns, moss tends to fill in areas where grass has weakened or stopped growing. Though it seems like moss forces lawn grasses out, that isn’t exactly the case. Moss is simply filling a void where grass or other plants cannot grow.
Moss thrives in areas untouched by the sun and reproduces when its spores are blown in the wind. As a result, it can end up on any surface, such as your roof, driveway and pavements, as well as open patios and even your garden.
In most cases, a spell of drought or very wet weather can trigger moss growth both in your lawn and on your structures. However, a simple lack of lawn and garden maintenance can lead to turf moss issues. For example, a deficiency in soil nutrients which can be addressed by simple fertilization can lead to the proliferation of moss growths. Also, mowing your lawn too close to the ground leaves turf grass struggling to get ahead of faster-growing moss and weeds.
While you will find lots of do-it-yourself tips to address weed and moss issues in your lawn or structures, the truth is that it’s easier said than done. To keep your property weed and moss-free, you need to correct complex issues such as high soil acidity, inadequate soil aeration, poor drainage, and overhanging vegetation that may have encouraged moss growth. And unless you can change these conditions where moss is thriving, DIY measures are likely to be a temporary fix.
THE PROBLEM WITH WEEDS
Weed control and eradication is not so much about treating weeds as it is about preventing them. Healthy soil leads to a healthy lawn that discourages weed growth. Weeds are opportunists and their presence usually indicates an underlying problem. The presence of certain weeds can indicate a deficiency in the soil or other issues which, once solved, will ease weed pressure.
The basic principle behind effective and long-lasting weed and moss control is that healthy soil and grass promote vigorous plant growth that out-competes the weeds. True, there are many commercial herbicides available in the market that can eradicate weeds in no time. However, most, if not all of these herbicides are non-selective, meaning they will destroy anything green, and that includes the grass on your lawn.
The better route to take when it comes to weed management is to first test the soil to find out if there are any nutritional deficiencies. You can hire a weed and moss control specialist to do this for you. Based on your soil test results, a specialist will be able to formulate a treatment and maintenance program to help keep weed and moss at bay. He can also recommend best practices such as reducing soil compaction by aeration and mowing at the best level possible to encourage dense and lush grass growth that’s capable of crowding and snuffing out weed and moss.
WHY GET PROFESSIONAL HELP FOR WEED AND MOSS REMOVAL
Weed and moss management and removal can seem like an uphill battle. Once they get established in your structures and garden, effective control can be a lot more complex than you think. Reclaiming your property involves dealing with existing weed and moss (or either) and correcting the conditions that invite them to grow.
That is why it is a good idea to engage the services of a professional weed and moss management expert to help you come up with a successful plan to combat and control an invasion. Ryan Smith at Ant & Garden Pest Control in Beaverton Oregon can help with your weed or moss problem whatever the size of your affected area. Our triple-action approach is a combined lawn feed, weed and moss treatment that selectively targets and kills weed and moss without damaging your garden and structures!