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What is Peat Moss?
Peat moss is a popular soil amendment composed of decomposed organic materials, more specifically sphagnum moss. Over the course of thousands of years, sphagnum moss, along with other micronutrients, decompose in the absence of air within peat bogs. Although this process occurs at an alarmingly slow rate of a mere sixteenth of an inch each year, a more homogenous product is ultimately extracted. After decomposition, sphagnum moss yields the characteristic, fibrous, compact material that is frequently used as a topdressing amongst landscapers and home gardeners.
What are the benefits of Peat Moss?
After spreading grass seed, peat moss should subsequently be applied as a topdressing using a compost spreader or peat moss spreader. Peat moss should be spread approximately at a thickness of approximately 1/8th of an inch to a max of ¼ of an inch. This can be best accomplished with the aid of a Landzie Compost and Peat Moss Spreader. The addition of peat moss provides numerous benefits, as its properties are extremely conducive to seed germination, protection from birds and other animals, and moisture retention.
First, peat moss is a sterile medium, meaning it does not contain any harmful pests, pathogens, weed seeds, or chemicals. This creates an ideal environment for growing plants. Although peat moss has little to no nutrients, it does assist the soil in holding nutrients by itself by increasing the cation exchange capacity. In other words, the soil’s ability to supply three important plant nutrients: calcium, magnesium, and potassium is drastically increased. Peat moss acidifies its surroundings by taking up these cations, which is great for acid loving plants, like grass seed
Peat moss is also highly absorbent and retains up to 20 times its weight in water! This is a major key with regard to soil compaction. Peat moss’ structure and capacity to absorb water easily is important for the prevention of soil compaction. This relationship is crucial due to the fact that soil compaction reduces water absorption, reducing the soils efficacy and in turn making it more difficult for seed and plants to grow. With the addition of peat moss, this issue is easily mitigated.
Consider adding peat moss as a topdressing to your spring and fall grass routines. Check out the Landzie Compost & Peat Moss Spreader for your compost, peatmoss, and any topdressing needs. Check out our products page for a full line of products to help you grow a beautiful, lush lawn.