How to kill moss and toadstool in lawns

Updated February 21, 2017

Nothing can ruin the look of a lawn like the growth of moss and toadstools. Slowly spreading masses of green goop and random mushrooms appearing out of nowhere can destroy all the effort and hard work you dedicate to making your lawn look its best. Proper maintenance can prevent these growths from occurring in the future. If you're dealing with them now, though, you can remove them from your lawn with relatively simple steps.

Purchase moss killer from a local gardening centre or hardware store. These products will destroy moss while protecting your lawn.

Dilute the moss killer per instructions on the product itself. Some products will require water to be added for best effectiveness.

Spray moss killer onto the affected areas; allow it to work according to the manufacturer's directions. Moss killers vary in the time they need to work; follow product instructions for wait time. Rake the dead moss from the lawn, and deposit in the trash.

Remove toadstools from your lawn as soon as you see them growing. Pull them out of the ground, dig them up or brush off their heads. Do this as soon as they start to appear to prevent them from releasing spores that will produce even more toadstools on your lawn.


Chemicals will not kill toadstools, and they have no root system that can be eliminated to prevent them from growing back. Remove them from your lawn as soon as they appear, and then remove any dead and decaying tree roots or other organic material from beneath your lawn to keep the toadstools from coming back. Killing moss will not prevent its return. Maintain your lawn so it drains properly and gets enough sunlight to prevent moss growth.


Although toadstools will not harm your lawn, they are harmful if ingested. Keep children and pets away from them. Read all directions and warnings when working with chemicals, such as moss killer.

Things You'll Need

  • Moss killer
  • Sprayer
  • Shovel
  • Rake
Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

About the Author

Samantha Volz has been involved in journalistic and informative writing for over eight years. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, with a minor in European history. In college she was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and completed a professional internship with the "Williamsport Sun-Gazette," serving as a full-time reporter. She resides in Horsham, Pennsylvania.