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How to eradicate moss from artificial turf

Updated February 21, 2017

Artificial turf is not just for sports arenas anymore. Many homeowners find artificial turf a welcome respite from mowing every week. The turf does need to be brushed once a week, preferably in alternating directions each time so the pile does not flatten. Artificial turf does have a drawback in that it harbours moss and algae the same as its natural counterpart. Removing moss and preventing its growth keeps your artificial turf looking fresh all year long.

Brush the artificial turf with a plastic rake or soft bristled brush attached to a long handle. This removes the moss from the surface of the artificial turf. Place the moss in a garden trash bag and dispose of it.

Allow the artificial surface to dry. For instance, wait for the morning dew to evaporate before applying the moss killer. Make sure no rain is forecast for at least three hours after application, as you want the moss killer to penetrate into the turf, not wash away from rain.

Spray the moss and algae killer onto the artificial turf. Provide a concentrated application to the entire surface. Do not rinse the moss killer from the artificial turf. The moss killer dries into the turf, killing any remaining spores deep within the surface and preventing new spores from forming.

Tip

Remove leaves, toys or other objects that cover the turf and allow moss to develop.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft bristled brush or plastic rake
  • Moss killer
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Constance Barker, located in the hills of southern Ohio, is the owner and writer of several financial, credit report and travel websites. She started writing in 1999 for private clients and began creating website content in 2004. She gained expertise in home improvement after she and her husband built their home themselves.