How do I keep moss from growing on other tree's and fruit trees?

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I have a very big oak tree in my back yard . I've notice that any tree I plant starts 2 grow moss on it doesn't it kill the tree or how can I get rid of the moss

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  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 15, 2018

    Hi Pam, Moss will grow on the north side of a tree. It is natural where the air is moist . There is nothing to be done and the tree will not be harmed by it. Hope that reassures you!

  • Bijous Bijous on Aug 15, 2018

    Hi Pam. In the South we have two prolific types of moss, "ball moss" and Spanish moss. They're actually bromeliades. Ball moss can strangle young branches with its tight hold, but for the most part an old tree can withstand the attachment. Both are harmless, however, both weighs down the limbs and can cause limb damage. If you have either of these, it's best of pull or knock it off your trees. Good luck!

  • Katie Katie on Aug 15, 2018

    If it’s not something like kudzu, like a climbing strangling thing, it won’t kill your tree. You might want to try thinning the canopy a bit it let more sun in if you really don’t like it.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 16, 2018

    My Pleasure, have a great day!

  • Pam Pam on Aug 17, 2018

    I thought moss only grew in shade but my yard is mostly sun and I have that problem. I had soil analyzed and treated it. It is costly but did help the problem. Just remove most as you see it if it bothers you.

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