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Different types of peat moss

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Alex22-Apr-02 07:27 PM EST 3a   
ed22-Apr-02 10:30 PM EST 5b   
Susan23-Apr-02 07:23 AM EST 6a   
Greg23-Apr-02 04:02 PM EST 6a   
Dan27-Apr-02 09:54 PM EST   
Linda28-Apr-02 02:25 AM EST   

Subject: Different types of peat moss
From: Alex
Zone: 3a
Date: 22-Apr-02 07:27 PM EST

Hi, when I buy bagged peat moss it is light brown and spongy. When I bought some from a landscape store it was dark and more dense. What would be the meaningful difference? Or was I too dense - like the moss - to realize it was an incorrect load? Thanks in advance

Subject: RE: Different types of peat moss
From: ed
Zone: 5b
Date: 22-Apr-02 10:30 PM EST

From your description, I would conclude that the difference, for all practical purposes, is negligicable.

Subject: RE: Different types of peat moss
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 23-Apr-02 07:23 AM EST

It sounds perhaps like the landscape store peat is coarse peat versus the more finely milled peat normally sold in bags or plastic bales. Coarse peat is actually much easier to get wet/retains moisture longer but is much harder to find. The only place I've found to buy it is at the woodland nursery where I buy rhododendrons. The coarse stuff is much easier to work into the soil when you're building new beds. It doesn't blow away when you work with it, is less dusty and does a better job , in my opinion, of producing a soil structure that plants like. If that's what you bought, consider yourself lucky!

Subject: RE: Different types of peat moss
From: Greg
Zone: 6a
Date: 23-Apr-02 04:02 PM EST

I've found that peat I bought varies as well. The bulk peat was probably darker because it contained more moisture than the bagged peat. Both Ed and Susan have summed it up well. As far as the job it does, both kinds of peat should do the same job, they just have slightly different consistency.

Subject: RE: Different types of peat moss
From: Dan
Date: 27-Apr-02 09:54 PM EST

Hi As an alternative to using peat moss, have you tried making your own leaf mold? It works just as well and is a lot cheaper. You can even "acidify" it by using oak leaves. (Never use a Juglans tree.) The catch, of course, is that you need a spot to store the bags overwinter such as a larger lot. I'm fortunate in that I have a bit of space behind my garden shed. It's just a little bit more work than composting the leaves but well worth the time.

Subject: RE: Different types of peat moss
From: Linda
Date: 28-Apr-02 02:25 AM EST

Peatmoss will differ for a number of reasons. 1. Each bog will have a different quality of peatmoss. The stucture and color will differ. 2. The shredding process has a big impact on the size of pieces. Bags should be labled for the use. Commercial will be different than agricultural. Peatmoss for chicken bedding will be coarser than for starting seeds. 3. Moisture will make a difference in color. 4. Finer peatmoss will break down quicker than the coarse varieties.

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