Moss planted w/ Bonsai (fertilizer burns/kills moss)
Anyone else have problems when fetilizing their bonsai trees & the fertilizer kills/burns/browns their moss?
I've used special bonsai fertilizer 10-10-10 slow release pellets, and have also used 10-10-10 liquid fertilizer.........and I always go real easy on the amount, so I know for a fact that I'm not fertilizing my bonsai trees to much.
Obviously the moss thrives and loves to be misted with plain strait water, but when I fertilize my bonsai trees, the beautiful mounds of moss planted in the same pot turn a burnt gold brown color. I always try to avoid the moss, but at times, it's impossible to avoid some of the fertilizer getting into the moss.
I haven't identified the moss, but it is the real small miniature compact mound type you see near alpine level, and grows wild here in zone 5b northeast usa in dirt.
I always make sure that I collect moss from areas that have similar soil to my clay/muck/sandy bonsai soil for easier adjusting. I also only collect moss where it gets good sun exposure - this way I know the moss is sun tollerant, doesn't demand shade, and won't burn in the sun.
I only have problems when the fertilizer gets to close to the mounds of moss.
************Any suggestions? Anyone else experience the same problem?
Thanks so much to all in advance.
David in zone 5 b