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Moss & Potato Bugs

Posted by mjjgm 7b (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 9, 10 at 2:51

I found some beautiful moss growing in a parking lot a few weeks ago so I transplanted it to my back yard. It looked lovely for the first week or so, but now it's not looking so hot.

I noticed that the moss isn't 'sticking' to the dirt very well even though I water it and so I picked a few pieces up and found a ton of potato bugs underneath it!

Could this be why the moss isn't looking so healthy green anymore? Can potato bugs prevent the moss from getting the moisture it needs from the wet soil below it?

Most advice I find online says to water less since these bugs like water, but I'm afraid letting the moss dry out would kill it entirely since it hasn't settled in well yet.

Any ideas?


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RE: Moss & Potato Bugs

Pillbugs! They are also known as pill bugs. Or roly polies.

Not sure if they are the reason the moss isn't 'sticking' into the dirt.


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RE: Moss & Potato Bugs

I used to think they were eating all my moss too, but I'm not so sure now. I think they like to dine on dead vegetation, and it could be that the moss was dying anyhow. I think it's more likely the soil isn't acidic enough for the moss and it's just not happy.

The area I planted my moss in is shady, usually moist (and boggy when it rains), has poor drainage, and most everything else died or did poorly. I packed down the soil really hard, and added a little soil acidifier for good measure.

Below is a picture taken a few months after I planted it:

Here is a link that might be useful: Deborah's Garden


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