how do i get rid of spanish moss in my trees?
as you all know, EVERY dang tree down here in beautiful savannah, georgia has spanish moss growing in it. short of pulling it down bunch by bunch, is there anything i can do to limit its growth or kill it off? it is finally choking off several of my 100 year old liveoaks!
how do i get rid of the spanish moss?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
A Spanish moss and the related ball moss are not
parasitic and simply use trees and shrubs for
support. A declining tree simply has less foliage, that
allows for greater light penetration, which makes a
better environment for the growth of Spanish moss
and ball moss. So these two plant types, which are
in the Bromeliad family, are indicators that a
problem exists but are not the cause of the problem.
Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) is a grayish,
web-like plant that hangs on many trees in this area.
Spanish moss produces seed that is attached to a
parachute like structure. When the seed matures, it
blows about until it lands on rough barked trees
where it soon sprouts. Slender gray strands form to
make the body of the plant. Spanish moss is
capable of making its own food and derives nothing
from the plant including water. It can take moisture
from the air. In fact the other day I saw Spanish
moss growing on the chain-link fence on the east
side of the Palm Coast Community Center parking
lot. A parasite would not survive attached to a metal
fence. If you have what you believe is too much
Spanish moss on a tree, you can remove some of it
with a pole and hook. Ball moss (Tillandsia
recurvate) is a close relative of Spanish moss.
Instead of hanging down in clumps like Spanish
moss, ball moss forms a cluster of plantlets that
share a common center. Ball moss hangs onto the side of a tree by sending out anchoring
roots, which don't take nutrients or water from the tree or harm the tree in any way. Ball moss,
like Spanish moss, simply can be an indicator of poor growth of the tree or shrub.
- Anonymous5 years ago
i kind of agree witht the last poster. Moss is there for a reason(the environment permits it to grow there and until you change the environment around the tree, moss will grow back.) I do believe that you can temporarily get rid of it. Removing it by hand or stick would probably be the best.