Author Topic: Moss on soil  (Read 1028 times)

TimC

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Moss on soil
« on: December 06, 2012, 09:18 PM »
I recently bought some new trees and they are loaded with moss.  It is my thought that it would not hurt to take off the moss and clean the soil off a bit and put some akadama on top.  Comments?
 

nathanbs

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Re: Moss on soil
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2012, 09:45 PM »
It depends on whether or not the moss is part of a soil top dressing that was done intentionally on top of a good soil mix. I would investigate a little and see what's under the moss. If its a good component goo draining soil mix and the water percolates through the moss and soil quickly than I would say leave it. If the water rolls off the moss, this will prove watering to be tricky, remove it. If the soil under the moss seems to be something that will hold too much water and will have difficulty drying out I would remove and consider repotting during repot season. A sphagnum miss and green miss soil dressing is optimal on top of fast draining soil for all species
 

bwaynef

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Re: Moss on soil
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2012, 09:56 PM »
While I don't disagree with anything Nathan says, a little more simply, I'd say that there shouldn't be any harm in removing the moss as long as you're going to backfill with a suitable topdressing to protect the roots that are likely to have grown into the moss (which I agree you've already allowed for with the mention of akadama).
 

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Re: Moss on soil
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2012, 10:40 PM »
Was trying to type moss not miss but my fat fingers on my iPhone has struck again