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How to get rid of moss in flower beds

Updated February 21, 2017

Gardeners constantly battle a variety of weeds and pests in their flower beds. One problem that occurs frequently in shady flower beds is the development of moss along the soil and pavers. This occurs because the conditions have high moisture and low light, both of which cause moss to thrive. Although moss does not pose any risk to plants, you many want to remove it for appearance purposes. Removing moss from flower beds is a manual process.

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  1. Insert the tip of a flat-edge shovel into the moss and dig down at least 1 to 1 1/2 inches. Push the shovel under the moss so that you can lift it off of the surface of the flower bed. If the flower bed has many plants in it, use a hand spade to accomplish the same results.

  2. Place the moss into a trash bag or compost pile for disposal. Continue until you have removed all of the moss in the area.

  3. Rake the soil with a wide-toothed rake or a garden fork to loosen the top 1 to 2 inches of soil.

  4. Spread dolomite lime using the dosage amount on the back of the packaging according to the square footage of the affected area. In general, apply 2.27kg. of lime for every 100 square feet of space in the flower bed.

  5. Tip

    You may also use chemical products designed to kill moss, but they will also kill any flowers and plants in the area. The lime raises the pH level of the soil, which may impact the growth of acid loving plants in the bed.

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Things You'll Need

  • Flat edge shovel or hand spade
  • Trash bag
  • Wide toothed rake or garden fork
  • Lime

About the Author

Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.

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