lawn sand moss killer

Lawn Sand Moss Killer

Lawn sand is a lawn care product that typically consists of a mixture of sand, iron sulfate and occasionally fertiliser in very small quantities. Here are some pros and cons of using lawn sand:

Lawn sand is a lawn care product that is commonly used to address specific issues in lawns. It typically consists of a mixture of sand, iron sulfate and occasionally fertiliser in very small quantities. 

Lawn Sand Pros:

1.     Moss Control: Lawn sand can help control moss in lawns. It contains ingredients like iron sulfate, which can have a moss-killing effect. Moss is a common problem in lawns, especially in damp or shady areas, and lawn sand can be an effective solution.

2.     Weed Suppression: Some lawn sands may contain herbicides that can help suppress the growth of weeds in your lawn. Even without herbicide the iron sulphate content will retard (not kill) many weeds. This can be especially useful if your lawn has a weed problem and you wish to use a control method in cold weather.

3.     Colour Enhancement: The iron sulfate in lawn sand can give your grass a deeper green color, making your lawn look more vibrant and appealing.

Lawn Sand Cons:

1.     Risk of Over Application: Using too much lawn sand or applying it incorrectly can have negative consequences for your lawn. Over application can result in burned or damaged grass, especially if the product contains high concentrations of iron and ammonium sulfate.

2.     Tricky Application: Lawn sand is tricky to apply without the right equipment and best left to professionals. In addition if it is not bone dry it can clump and kill grass where too much is applied.

3.     Temporary Results: Lawn sand may provide temporary solutions to issues like moss and weeds. If the underlying causes of these problems, such as poor soil conditions or excessive shade, are not addressed, the issues may return.

4.     Limited Nutrient Variety: While lawn sand may contain a small amount of fertilizer, usually ammonium sulphate, this is limited in variety. For optimal lawn health, a more comprehensive fertiliser with a balanced nutrient profile will be needed.

5.     Application in Cool Conditions: Lawn sand can be aggressive to the grass so apply in cool conditions prior to rain or watering.

In Conclusion 

Lawn sand can be a useful tool for addressing specific lawn issues like moss and weeds. However, it should be used with caution, following the manufacturer's instructions with consideration to its potential to burn the lawn.

Safer Alternatives

Moss-Off and Green-up Ferrous Sulphate which are applied as liquids making application simpler and far safer.

Winter Green High Iron or Evergreen Mosskill which can be applied via a lawn spreader or straight from the box respectively. Once again safer and simpler.

For more comprehensive lawn care, it's beneficial to consider a broader range of lawn care products and practices.