Moss Benefits And Tips In Various Areas Of Landscapes

Posted by Tammy Sons on Dec 31, 1969

Moss- A Perfect Staple In Shade & Moisture Gardens

What is peat moss? Well, put, what is commonly known as Sphagnum peat moss is a soil amendment to potting soil that many gardeners use to enhance those plants that thrive in an acid-loving environment, such as blueberries and many camellias. As a rule, it's applied in a 2:1 ratio and typically, two parts soil to one part peat moss.

Consisting of a dead fibrous material formed in peat bogs that are replete with decomposing living material, peat moss is often used as compost. Sometimes taking several millennia to form, this slow-growing plant is not renewable, and it's interesting to note that most of the moss is imported from Canadian wetland bogs.

Depending on the plant zone you will use the peat moss in, peat moss may not be the best use of a soil enhancer with the corresponding plant that grows best in that zone.

In some cases, potting soil comes prepared with the proper mixtures ratio of peat moss. In other cases, using an already made compost is the best way to go for your gardening project. However, its most remarkable attribute lies in the water-efficient manageability possessed by peat moss, as it improves the texture and consistency of the soil.

Moss Can Be Purchased Online at TN Nursery

Not to be confused with sphagnum moss, the material consisting of long, fibrous strands of plant material and primarily used by florists to line wire baskets, decorate small nativity scenes, or add a distinctive touch to potted plants. Sphagnum peat moss has several characteristics related to its physical appearance.

A dark, fibrous, and compacted material typically forms after the decomposition of other organic materials, which generally take centuries to develop. Unique branch clusters, plant and stem colors, the actual shape of the branch, and its stems all help identify peat moss from other plant species. Furthermore, there are no roots due to the lack of internal systems for fluid circulation.

Its most significant benefit is that it's highly absorbent, sterile, contains few microorganisms, has flexible acidic ph features, and much more. 

Moss Thrives In Moisture and Shade Areas