Many homeowners like the look of moss. They believe it adds a natural and “outdoorsy” look to the lawn. Moss also grows on trees. Is this harmless or a health hazard for the tree? We’ll give our professional opinion about tree moss dangers and outline what homeowners should do.
The Pacific Northwest is quite humid, providing the perfect environment for moss growth. Moss in itself is rather harmless. When it grows on a tree, however, it places undue stress on the branches. Moss also absorbs water, thus adding additional weight.
With the added stress, branches are more likely to snap during storms or heavy gusts. When our emergency tree service tends to broken branches, we often find moss covering the bark.
Another tree moss danger is that moss can conceal signs of disease. The Pacific Northwest is also home to scores of pathogenic fungi. These cause lesions that weaken a tree’s immune system. Moss can cover the lesions, leaving homeowners completely oblivious that their tree’s health is bad.
Some homeowners prefer to leave the moss in place due to its nature-esque appearance. If you decide to leave the moss alone, then contact a tree care service to verify that it isn’t causing harm to the tree.
If you decide the moss must go, you can easily remove it by hand. Keep in mind, though, that this won’t remove the conditions that will cause the moss to grow back. Proper tree care by an expert will prevent future growth.
Moss is harmless for the most part. However, we often find ourselves removing trees due to moss overgrowth that hid a disease or caused branches to snap. Call Pro-Cut Tree Service to inspect shrubbery or a property tree covered in moss.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Serving customers in Lake Stevens, Edmonds, Marysville, Mukilteo, Lynnwood, Everett, Snohomish and the surrounding area