Georgia homeowners have reported an increased amount of moss in their lawns this summer. If you have experienced moss growing where grass should be, there are a few things to keep in mind.

First of all, it’s important to remember that moss is a plant, not a harmful fungus that can kill your turfgrass. When conditions are not ideal for grass to grow, moss may take advantage of the opportunity to spread through your lawn. There is no quick fix for moss in your lawn. The best way to avoid moss is to make your lawn more turf-friendly.

If your soil is too acidic, turf may struggle while moss thrives. Adding lime can help remedy this. Moss also grows in areas of poor drainage. If your lawn isn’t draining well and your area has experienced a lot of rain lately, moss may be more prevalent. Addressing drainage issues can go a long way towards preventing moss growth. Compacted soil or lawn areas that receive a lot of shade are also very conducive to moss accumulation. Aeration, fertilization, and reduced shade (via pruning or tree removal) all help make your lawn more suitable for turf growth and can help reduce and eventually eliminate moss as time goes on.