Peat Moss Fertilizers

Written by Courtney Salinas
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Peat moss is commonly found in peat bogs. It consists of sphagnum, a type of moss, and decaying plant matter. The moss can hold large quantities of water inside its cells, making it a perfect soil amendment for sandy, dry soils. This will allow for more mineral, vitamin and water retention in the soil, which makes for stronger healthier plants and lawns.

The decaying plant matter in peat moss also makes it a terrific natural fertilizer. As the plant matter decays, it releases vitamins and minerals important to the growth of plants and lawns. This natural process is much easier on plant life than harsh chemical treatments. Peat moss is favored by many because it acts as a fertilizer and soil amendment in one.

Soil pH and Peat Moss

Peat moss can also be added to soil to correct the pH levels. Peat moss is naturally acidic, so if your soil's pH level is too high, peat moss can bring it down. To test the pH of your soil, you can have it professionally tested or you can order kits that allow you to test the pH yourself. Soil should be dry before testing. A wet sample can give artificial results.

Acids and bases are on the opposite end of the pH scale, acids on the low end, bases on the high end. If the pH of your soil is too high, making it more acidic will bring the pH down. If the pH of your soil is too low, making it more basic will bring the pH up.

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