Learn to Embrace Tree Service: A Tree Blog
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Learn to Embrace Tree Service: A Tree Blog

Welcome to my blog. My name is Sarah, and right now, I can see my favourite tree from my window. A few years ago, it was ailing, but I learned everything I could about tree health and nurtured her back to abundance. In this blog, I plan to write all about tree care, from the basics you can do on your own to knowing when to call a professional. My love of trees grew out of my love for gardening and landscaping, and I may write about those topics as well. I hope that you like my blog and that it inspires you. Thanks for reading!

Learn to Embrace Tree Service: A Tree Blog

How Trees Encourage the Growth of Moss

Diana Jones

Moss is an extremely hardy plant. Unlike most other plants, moss does not rely on a root system, and it can grow in almost any environment. In fact, moss is so resilient that it even grows in Antarctica! If your lawn seems to be fighting a losing battle with moss then, the environment is to blame—not the moss.

Although moss does grow in areas where there are no trees, such as in soil with poor drainage or high acidity, mature trees also create moss-friendly conditions.

Large Trees Consume More Water

It is difficult to grow a healthy and attractive lawn in the presence of one or more large trees. One reason for this is that mature trees require a lot of water and nutrients, which they obtain via their large root system. As a result, a nearby lawn will struggle to locate enough water and nutrients to remain healthy and virile.

Air Circulation Under Trees is Limited

A healthy lawn also relies on good air circulation to flourish. If a nearby tree is blocking air from reaching an area, the soil will remain damp, creating conditions in which it is difficult for most grass types to grow. These areas will be prone to fungal diseases and will attract pests, such as slugs.

Trees Block Sunlight

Like just about any plant—with the exception of moss—grass needs sunlight in order to remain healthy and vital. Unfortunately, nearby tall trees will cast significant shade over the surrounding areas. Again, this causes grass to die off, leaving more space for sheet moss to move in and flourish.

Trees Shed Leaves That Smother Grass

Deciduous trees can become a problem for a nearby lawn when the leaves they shed each autumn fall onto grass. If you don't regularly rake away these leaves, they can smother your lawn, stifling its growth and depriving it of sunlight.

Consider Pruning or Removing Your Tree

If your lawn is important to you, a simple solution is to have the offending tree removed. You could then perhaps plant another tree in a location that won't stifle your lawn and encourage the growth of moss. However, pruning or tree lopping your can also help to allow more sunlight and air into the area where you would like your lawn to flourish.

Call a reputable and experienced tree service to help you decide on the best course of action. In some cases, removing the lower branches of a tree may be enough to create the right environment for a lawn.