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Some garden owners would like to remove moss, for example from the lawn or from sidewalks, others plant ornamental moss and worry because it will turn yellow or brown. There is help for both cases.

A wrong location is often the reason for brown spots in the moss

Why does moss turn brown at all?

Most mosses prefer a semi-shady to shady location and slightly acidic and slightly moist soil. In heat and drought, mosses usually do not feel well and turn brown or yellow. The situation is similar with a very alkaline (calcareous) soil.

Reasons for moss turning brown:

  • too much or too little moisture
  • too much light
  • too warm location
  • too alkaline soil

How can I save my moss?

If you have just planted the moss, it is still particularly sensitive to heat and drought and should be protected from it as well as possible. Above all, check the location. If this is not suitable, then transplanting is recommended. In addition, moss should be watered well, even if it often seems to grow well and plentifully everywhere.

However, excessive moisture can also damage some moss, as it usually does not like waterlogging. This is how the roots of Sternmoos can rot. Then it can no longer be supplied with enough water and turns brown or yellow.

Is moss suitable as a lawn substitute?

Not all moss is equally suitable as a replacement for a beautiful lawn, but you should try planting star moss in a partially shaded to shaded area. It is relatively hard wearing and stays green all year round. It can handle a certain amount of lime, but the soil should not be too alkaline. Young plants also need protection against snails.


Sternmoos is very suitable in the shade as a substitute for a lawn, it is relatively hard-wearing, hardy and always green.

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