peat moss


peat moss

noun

: a type of moss that usually grows on wet land and that is used by gardeners as a fertilizer, for growing plants in pots, etc.

Full Definition of PEAT MOSS

:  sphagnum

First Known Use of PEAT MOSS

1880

peat moss

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of more than 150–300 species of plants that make up the bryophyte genus Sphagnum, which grow in dense clumps around ponds, in swamps and bogs, on moist, acid cliffs, and on lakeshores from tropical to subpolar regions. These pale-green to deep-red plants can hold 20 times their weight in water. As they die and are compressed, they form organic peat, which is harvested and dried as fuel, as seedbed cover, and as shipping packaging for plants and live aquatic animals. Gardeners stir peat into soil to increase soil moisture, porosity, and acidity and to reduce erosion.

Variants of PEAT MOSS

peat moss or sphagnum moss

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