What a nice lawn. But what is wrong with this picture? Haven’t we always been told you can’t grow a good turf grass in the shade—
What’s going on here?
Let’s look closer, shall we?
In this next photo, I’m standing just past that light blue ball looking straight down toward my feet. And the lawn is still so very lush and green.
How can that possibly be? We all know that lawn doesn’t do well in shade.
Surprise! This next photo is lushly green because the bare areas between tufts of grass are filled with MOSS!
Remember that moss and turf grass have opposite culture requirements. Turf grass likes:
- well-drained, loamy, fertile, neutral soil
- a mostly-sunny location
- poorly-drained, compacted, low-fertility, acid soil
- a mostly-shady location.
If you cannot, do not, give your turf grass lawn area the conditions it needs to thrive, one of 2 things happen. If it’s a sunny location, you will get a lot of weeds. If it’s a shady location, you will get mostly moss. This is the Pacific Northwest. These things are what Mother Nature prescribe for bare ground in these types of locations.
Yes, occasionally one will see moss in lawn in a sunny location. That is likely caused by compacted, poorly-draining soil, perhaps combined with over-watering and/or low fertility. Chances are if you fix those problems, the turf grass will thrive and the moss will go away.
Why would one be so vehemently be opposed to moss in the lawn in a location like this? The moss is doing a good job of preventing weeds, keeping the soil covered so the lightly-grassed area is mud-free. I am pleased with the lovely consistent green color. It looks like lawn. And it never has weeds.
Plus, it requires no (none, zip, nada) additional watering outside of what Mother Nature provides, no chemicals of any sort, it’s earth-friendly, sustainable and natural. And isn’t all of this what we really want?