Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

MOSS Don't Let Be the Boss; TRY OUT A NEW METHOD OF LAWN TREATMENT AND RESTORE YOUR GRASS TO TIP-TOP CONDITION

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

MOSS Don't Let Be the Boss; TRY OUT A NEW METHOD OF LAWN TREATMENT AND RESTORE YOUR GRASS TO TIP-TOP CONDITION

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Byline: YOUR GARDEN With Diarmuid Gavin

AFEW weeks back, I had the honour of giving a speech at a great gardening trade event called Glee at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

I was delighted to see all types of new products and plants ready for their introduction to the market for 2017. It was obvious that the gardening industry is in rude health.

One of the items that captured my attention is a moss-removal product called Moss Off which could be very useful for us gardeners at this time of year, especially if we have an aversion to using chemicals.

The traditional method for treating moss on lawns is iron sulphate and there are many products on the market containing this compound.

When applied, your moss will go black - it looks pretty unsightly until you remove it - but it will help you keep the moss in control. You just rake it up when it's gone black.

Autumn is a good time of year to do this and many products combine moss removal and autumn lawn feed. Don't use ferrous iron products near paths as they can form stains which are hard to remove.

MossOff is a new non-biocide treatment that is safe to use around gardeners, children, pets and ponds. It won't harm anything except the moss you want to get rid of. You spray it on your lawn on a dry day and an invisible biodegradable micro-coating forms to stop moss and algae growth and is completely harmless to other plants.

MossOff Multi-Surface gets moss and algae off any surface - patios, driveways, wooden decks, garden furniture, fencing, walls, roofs, BBQ covers, awnings and Astroturf.

Another non-chemical product is Mo Bacter - it's an organic fertiliser which slowly releases its nutrients. Unwanted moss is digested by bacteria in the fertiliser so it doesn't go black and there is no need to scarify the lawn.

Use it now to arrest moss over the winter or in spring or early summer. …

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