Moss good or bad

hosta-see(Z5bMI)March 6, 2012

Good morning,

Went out this morning for a walk around the yard and noticed that the moss is starting to get a good start across my hosta beds.

What do people think, good or bad thing, leave it or remove it?

Let me hear your opinions.

Gary

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hosta_freak(z6 NC)

Leave it! It won't hurt hostas. I have a woodland garden,and believe me,I have a lot of mosses growing on rocks and the ground. It only enhances the garden,rather than being harmful. Phil

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 9:45AM
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paul_in_mn(4b)

Moss and mushrooms, seem similar - if conditions are right they will appear, if not they disappear. I don't worry about either in my garden if they show.

Paul

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 9:50AM
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Johnsp(6b)

I agree moss looks beautiful in a hosta bed. It is also an indication that your Ph is right for hostas since they like a slighlty acidic soil.

Scott

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 3:05PM
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tepelus z6a SW MI

Another, yup, it's pretty, you should leave it.

Karen

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 3:12PM
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evermore_gw z 4/5 NB

Welcome, Scott (Johnsp). We look forward to seeing some of your hostas this summer.

Steve

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 3:23PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

it should stay.. but you should learn what it means ...

as far as i understand.. it means that your soil tends toward acidic.. which is not bad from a hosta point of view..

but it also means that your soil might be lacking fertility ...

i suppose it might matter what kind of moss ... a proper ID ....

there is a better answer.. and i will see if i can figure it out ...

to repeat.. it can stay.. but you might get a soil test ....

ken

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 4:18PM
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franknjim

Make up my mind Ken. I have some moss growing in an exposed Maple root. lol Maple roots are good for something? Does this mean that Maple roots are acidic? lol

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 5:26PM
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Johnsp(6b)

Yes that is true as I mentioned the soil is acidic to one degree or another. I always apply a bit of Espomo Holly Tone in early spring for fertilizer. I use organic fertilizers as the chemical fertilizers damage and kill various bacteria and other fauna which benefit the plants. These life forms are necessary in order to convert nutrients into a form which plants can use easily such as nitrogen.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 5:33PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

hey frank .... a little overkill with the 3 foot marker with a 3 inch PB.. lol ...

thats different moss than i have .... thats the moss that becomes peat moss.. if you dont recognize it in green form rather than brown form ...

regardless its not going to be in the root zone to steal water.. so enjoy it ...

perhaps tomorrow i will have time to find my moss pix ...

ken

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 6:21PM
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franknjim

I had read that processed moss can start growing if you keep it wet. I use a lot of milled peat making up potting mix so that's probably how it got started since I always keep the ground very well watered, especialy the PB planted inside the tree root with the 3' tall marker.

    Bookmark   March 6, 2012 at 6:29PM
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