moss on young maple tree - Knowledgebase Question

Redford, Mi
Question by leannegarret
April 11, 2010
there is moss all around the trunk of a king crimson maple tree in my sunny front yard. Will it harm the tree? How do I get rid of it? The tree is about 8 years old.


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Answer from NGA
April 11, 2010

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Maple trees often wear a shaggy green coat of moss, lichen, or even ferns. It's normal and natural and doesn't really hurt the tree. Moss can pull nitrogen right out of the air and nitrogen is a very important nutrient for all plant life including your maple trees. Rather than killing it off and removing it, why not consider it part of the character of your tree?

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