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The importance of moss

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It is undisputed that moss plays an important, ecological role in food and water cycle. Because moss absorbs nutrients from precipitation, they take them from the atmosphere and bring them into the ecosystem. Very few species succeed in absorbing nutrients from the soil. It is targetedly used to bind heavy metals. Because it occupies recesses in the ecosystem, moss is an important indicator and problem-solver for us as humans.

Moss build-up in the grass in our front gardens does not look nice. However, it does help to recognise various causes of this development. Moss does not indicate spoiled soil alone. Before you can solve a soil problem, the cause of the moss build-up must be known. Various types of moss grow in grass, which have various different requirements of the soil for their growth.

Generally, moss can arise where the soil is continuously wet, also where the soil has been compacted or there is a defect in the ventilation, as well as insufficient nutrient supply and severe ground acidification. Moss can grow in all conditions: in the dry and in the wet, on acidic soil and on alkaline soil, in shade or in sun. Moss is a sure sign that something is not right with the soil. The following steps should be considered:

• Aerate the soil with an aerator and lightly loosen the soil with a fork
• Do not cut the grass too short (cutting height 3-5 cm)
• Build humus by applying sieved compost
• Good nutrient supply and watering of the area for the grasses

Ammonium sulphate is a very good grass fertiliser thanks to its long-lasting nitrogen effect. As a coarse-granular ammonium sulphate, DOMOGRAN®45 forms small ammonium deposits in the grass which again ensure the desired long-lasting nitrogen effect.

Application of DOMOGRAN®45 for treatment of moss

As fertiliser and grit (sand) on compacted, heavy loam and clay soils

• 3 parts DOMOGRAN® 45
• 1 part ferrous sulphate
• 20 parts fine, sharp sand (lime-free)
• 20 parts sieved compost
• During the growing period, spread 1 to 3 times per 250 g/m² and then water sufficiently.

As nitrogen fertiliser to strengthen grass development over moss

• 75 g DOMOGRAN®45 /m² divided across 3 administrations
• from end of April up to and including September

As spray and pouring agent per round (2 x per year)

• 1 part DOMOGRAN®45
• 1 part ferrous sulphate fertiliser
• Dissolve 35-45 g in 10 litre water and apply to 1 m² with the watering can. The spray technique is more frugal, however a second application per round may be required.

Did you know? Moss belongs to a large group of green terrestrial plants and accordingly are of great significance to ecology and evolution. In botanical terms, a group of really diverse plants between algae and ferns. A stable water supply in cooler month ensures the permanent transportation vacuum. (Andreas Böbe)

Über den Autor

Felix Dohle

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