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April 2011

Article: Why Use Peat Moss?

Created on: Friday, April 22, 2011

Peat moss is a natural, organic soil conditioner that regulates moisture and air around roots for ideal growing conditions. It retains up to 20 times its weight in moisture, and releases water slowly as plants need it. It aerates heavy, clay soil allowing for proper root growth by loosening and aerating soils. By adding body to sandy soil, peat helps it retain moisture and nutrients.

Peat moss reduces leaching of nutrients in or added to the soil, releasing them over time. This will save on fertilizer. Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss is derived from the slow decomposition of sphagnum moss which accumulates in Canada's bogs (or peatlands), and is a renewable resource.

Also included in this issue:
What's Organic Matter?
Great Soil Deconstructed
How much Compost?
When to Add Manure?

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