Anonymous asked in Home & GardenGarden & Landscape · 1 decade ago

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?

2 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    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.

  • Anonymous
    5 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.

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