peat moss


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peat moss:

see sphagnumsphagnum
or peat moss,
any species of the large and widely distributed genus Sphagnum, economically the most valuable moss. Sphagnums, the principal constituent of peat, typically grow as a floating mat on freshwater bogs.
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peat moss

[′pēt ‚mȯs]
(ecology)
Moss, especially sphagnum moss, from which peat has been produced.

peat moss

1. Moss entering into the composition of, or producing, peat; used as mulch.
2. The debris of mashes and bogs, somewhat compressed and partially decomposed; used as mulch.
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For the ritual opening of the garden season, I give my garage floor a clean sweep and then make a pile of 2 gallons each of garden soil, peat moss, perlite and compost.
Peat moss is clearly acidic with a pH of about 5.5, with 7.0 being the pH neutral point.
Peat moss had and EC of 0.1 dS m-1, porosity of about 68.5 % (v/w) and pH 6.0 and had low bulk density of 0.1 mg m-3 that allowed high water absorption Clay loam soil used in the study had 30% (w/w) sand and 40% (w/w) clay with 53% water saturation percentage.
"When gardeners make their own compost they have no need to purchase peat moss products - and that helps conserve natural habitats both in Ireland and the UK, and also reduces organic waste going into landfill sites.
The highest values of shoot height (14.0 cm), shoot fresh weight (177.3 mg/plant), shoot dry weight (34.2 mg/plant), root fresh weight (21.8 mg/plant) and root dry weight (4.3 mg/plant) were at cocopeat amended medium which were not significantly different when compared to sphagnum peat moss treatment.
In the southeast, aged pine bark and peat moss are standard soil amendments.
Drowne built the pentagon-and-hexagon sphere for a few thousand dollars and has outfitted the craft with an electric Honda 9.9 outboard motor, a 12-volt wind power generator to run his laptop, phone, stove, small refrigerator and lights, and a compost toilet that he stirs with peat moss and a long metal rod.
Add in 2 to 4 inches of compost, aged manure, or peat moss to the top 8 inches of soil and follow up with a fresh layer of mulch.
Next, prepare the soil by folding in a few bags of compost and peat moss. "Healthy soil holds your garden together," says Hansen.
Organic matter such as peat moss helps sandy soils to absorb more water.