How do I Kill Moss on Tennis Courts in the UK?

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How do I Kill Moss on Tennis Courts in the UK?
Moss can build up in clumps and ruin your tennis court. (moss image by Amjad Shihab from

Mosses are small, soft plants that typically grow close together in clumps or mats in damp or shady locations. The spreading of moss is a nuisance to players on tennis courts and can cause players to trip or slip. In the UK the damp conditions most of the year can prove perfect for the spread of this problem and it is vital to stop moss to keep a tennis court in functioning order.

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  1. 1

    Cut back any trees that may be providing too much shade to the tennis court. If the court does not get enough sunlight moisture will aid the growth of moss.

  2. 2

    Brush away any loose growth, dirt and leaves with a hard-bristled brush. You will notice that this process will also remove a large amount of the moss, as well as preparing the court for the removal of the rest of the moss.

  3. 3

    Purchase a specialised moss-killing product. These can be found in most gardening stores across the United Kingdom and include (but are not limited to) Maxicrop, Batimoss CR and MMC Pro moss killers.

  4. 4

    Follow the dilution instructions on the bottle of moss killer. The more concentrated moss killers could require you to dilute one part with four parts water, but less concentrated killers may require less. The exact instructions on the bottle will guide you.

  5. 5

    Apply the moss-killing product to the moss, per the instructions on your moss killer's bottle. Do not wash the moss killer away after application, as it is designed to stay on the afflicted area and, even when the moss growth is long gone, inhibit the regrowth of moss in that area.

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