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How To Control Ball Mossball moss

When autumn arrives, naturally it means that the leaves begin to fall from trees. When they do, many folks will begin to notice undesirable ball moss that has grown on their trees.  Not to worry, ball moss is not a parasite or a threat to your trees in any way. Even then, it may be unsightly and you may want it gone.

Ball moss (Tillandsia recurvata) is a harmless non-parasitic epiphyte - a plant that grows on the surface of other things, especially trees. It does not do any damage to the tree but rather absorbs its water and nutrients from the atmosphere.

Aside from trees, ball moss can also be found growing on electrical wires, screen doors, wooden fences, and various other places in the environment.

The flower of the ball moss is incredibly small with single purple petal. Once pollinated each flower can produce 70 to 100 seeds with as many as 50 to 60 flowers per mature clump of ball moss. While flowering occurs mostly during springtime, ball moss can flower during any time in the growing season. The seeds dispersed by the dried flowers resemble those of the common dandelion. As small bits of white fluff, they are carried from tree to tree by the wind.

Ball moss is usually spread by squirrels and birds. Ball moss have an affinity for shade and high moisture content - both of which it can find plenty of beneath a tree. As trees grow, their lower limbs die out due to increased shade which provides for an ideal spot for ball moss to gather and reside.

While the moss is harmless, trees that are heavily infested with ball moss may be deprived of UV light which can cause the immune system to decline making it them more susceptible to insect damage and disease. Ball moss control is not easy but it is possible and we here at Solutions Pest and Lawn can show you how it’s done and the best products to use for this weed.

How To Get Rid of Ball Moss: 3 Step Solution

Ball moss can be quite difficult to control. While it may be possible to physically remove the majority of the moss off of a single tree, removal of the seed left by the ball moss may not be practical. Ball moss on neighboring trees will release seed before long can re-infest the tree. In such cases it would likely be best to use a fungicide to treat the ball moss stop its spread. Below you will find our recommended steps in carrying out ball moss control.

Step 1: Start off with a thorough inspection of the ball moss to see where they are most concentrated and if possible you can very well just remove them by hand. If you are not entirely sure if what you see is ball moss or not, we can correctly identify it for you. Simply take a photo and send it our way and we will not only properly ID the plant for you, but will provide recommendations of products that will properly neutralize it.

Step 2: The best way to take care of ball moss outbreaks is through chemical control measures. At Solutions Pest and Lawn, we have a number of different quality chemical concentrates which do a great job in taking out ball moss outbreak. What’s most important when dealing with ball moss though is timing. We recommend spraying ball moss in very early spring around late February or March to successfully kill off all ball moss from a tree. Mix the product well with water in preferably a hand-pump sprayer. Follow the instructional label for proper mixing and usage rates.

Step 3: The next step after all the ball moss is gone is prevention. Maintaining a good lawn care routine and keeping a close eye on your tree for any changes will ensure that ball moss will stay away from your property. Though they cannot be completely wiped out and are likely to return, staying persistent and diligent with your yard care routine will keep those harmless eyesores at a minimum.

Browse our ball moss control products below. For more information do not hesitate to call us, chat with us online or email us with your questions and concerns. We are always eager to help!

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