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Step 1 - Enrich sandy soils with lots of compost, peat moss and composted manure. Tom Maccubbin,, "Gardeners, start your tomatoes," 13 Aug. 2019 Giethoorn, Netherlands The marshes surrounding Giethoorn were once important sources for harvesting peat moss and reeds, and its canal system was originally used to transport local farmers and their crops across town. Caitlin Etherton, National Geographic, "Venice is flooded with tourists—visit these floating cities instead," 16 May 2019 People should not throw cigarettes into any kind of vegetation, such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss, dried grass or leaves. Lauren Hernández,, "Golf Fire in Lake County sparked by discarded cigarette," 10 Aug. 2019 If your soil is too acidic—below 6.0—you can add pulverized lime to raise the pH. If the soil is mildly alkaline—7.5 to 8.0—you can balance the pH by mixing peat moss into the soil. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "9 Biggest Lawn Care Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)," 8 July 2019 The new spruce trees gorged themselves on the groundwater out of the swamps, growing unusually wide canopies—which choked out the peat moss. Ian Willms, National Geographic, "Tree-planting programs can do more harm than good," 26 Apr. 2019 The mix should contain peat moss, perlite, ground bark and a touch of fertilizer. Stan Davidson,, "Your Home: Everything’s coming up roses," 24 July 2019 Aeration involves poking holes into the soil, so the lawn can more easily absorb water, fertilizer and amendments, such as peat moss. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "9 Biggest Lawn Care Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)," 8 July 2019 When something like composted bark, peat moss, compost, aged manure, etc. is incorporated into a soil or soil mix the term used is organic matter amendment or organic amendment, not mulches. Dan Gill,, "Know the difference between mulch and organic amendments," 21 Apr. 2019

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1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of peat moss was in 1848

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English Language Learners Definition of peat moss

chiefly US : 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.

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Kids Definition of peat moss

: a spongy brownish moss of wet areas that is often the chief plant making up peat

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