Peat moss has little to no food for microbes
- Peat moss is depleted of organic carbon!
Peat moss is unsustainable
- Peat bogs can take 1,000’s of years to regenerate!
Peat bogs are only found in a few places around the world.
- Virtually all peat moss used in the United States comes from Canada
- Peat Moss is low in pH (acidic) which very few plants like. As it decomposes it additionally lowers the pH of the soil requiring more additives and adjustments which can destroy the soil environment.
- Peat is not a healthy environment for earthworms or microorganisms in the soil so it becomes compacted from a lack of aeration limiting the roots ability to spread.
- Peat Moss can carry diseases from the bog of decaying plants it came from. It also retains a large amount of water that pathogens can move easily through and into the awaiting roots of plants.
- Quality control is a problem with peat because of variable conditions from one peat bog to the next.
Environmental issues created:
Peat bogs are drained to harvest the peat moss which destroys the organisms living there and damages local wildlife population.
Peat is arguably a non-renewable resource due to the time it takes to regenerate a peat bog after harvest.
Carbon dioxide is released into the air when bogs are drained causing more pollution and damage to the ozone layer.
“A large absorbent moss that grows in dense masses on boggy ground, where the lower parts decay slowly to form peat deposits. Peat moss is widely used in horticulture, especially for packing plants, and (as peat) for compost.”