A growing number of people have become quite fond of moss. But for the rest, it still remains a weed -- something to battle in the lawn. The problem is, many homeowners who engage in a turf war with moss do not quite know what they are up against.
You see, moss is not just another weed. You would be hard-pressed to overcome it simply by yanking it out. True, that can apply to other weeds, too. The reason why something like Japanese knotweed is so difficult to eradicate is that, after removing the parts of it that you can see, residual plant parts (rhizomes) will inevitably be left behind in the soil, undetected; and from them, new stalks will later emerge. Most people "get that" at some point in their war with such a weed. But moss control is a bit more complex than that.
The proper metaphor for dealing successfully with a moss problem is not engaging in a war, but undertaking an investigation. Put your Sherlock Holmes hat on and start looking for clues! Because the key for you lies not in physically removing the moss, but rather in finding out why moss is growing in the area and not the grass you'd like to see growing there. I explain in my article on moss control.
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