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  1. #1
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    Default Moss in pasture

    So my horses pasture isn't huge hence I want as much grass as I can get and the least moss.

    Whats the best and safest way of getting rid of the moss?
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    Scrape it up and send it to Dizzy for her moss gardens!
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    Yes, yes! Send me your moss.



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    I've never dealt with it in pastures but had a house that had a ton of mossy areas in the yard. What I did was take a rake and rake it up, then planted grass. It took a while but it worked.



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    someone recently told me that lime helps make the soil inhospitable to the moss, and if you spread it and then rake up the moss, it won't be as likely to grow back.



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    I assume that won't hurt the horse? (the lime that is)

    Dizzy you're more then welcome to come rake it all up!!
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    Lime won't hurt the horses at all.

    Doesn't moss grow in very shallow soil (i.e. on rocks?) Wouldn't you have to add some sort of soil? Or stall stuff?
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    Here in the Pacific Northwest, moss grows on pretty much everything. We had a pretty heavy pollen season this spring. DH hasn't washed the Suburban for awhile, so now the pollen has moss growing on it. Our roofs have to have the moss removed each year, and it grows on sidewalks and driveways. The old wive's tale is that you can tell which way is north by finding the mossy side of trees if you're lost in the woods. Except the trees often have moss all the way around.

    I live in a little clearing in the woods, and the only way I have been able to get healthy grass to grow is to use lime to make life unpleasant for moss, and to keep the grass well-fertilized and healthy. If the grass gets too long, it stays damp all the time at the soil surface and the moss really goes wild. And if possible, remove anything that shades the grass. Though your neighbor may resist taking down their 100' fir trees so you can grow better grass .

    Maybe global warming will solve your problem .



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    aaahh.... up he'ah you *can* tell North by the moss on the trees.

    Now I get it. I was trying to picture moss out in the open... in my pastures I have a big slab of granite (well, the whole mountain is a big slab of granite, but the big flat slab is the only place there's no soil) that is the only place--other than some trees--the moss grows up here.

    I could send you some Arctic cold, would that help?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pintopiaffe View Post
    aaahh.... up he'ah you *can* tell North by the moss on the trees.
    LOL, even down he'ah you can tell North by moss on trees, particularly if the trunks don't get a lot of air circulation

    If you have moss, you have conditions less favorable to growing grass, so that's what you really have to address.
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    I have the same problem. The soil is acidic, add lime but I'm talking probably 4+ tons per acre.



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