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Using Peat Moss in a Flower Garden

Why would I add peat to my flower garden?

Hardiness Zone: 4a

By Bunny from Willow River, MN

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Why is Peat Moss so Important?

Canadian sphagnum peat moss is a natural, organic soil conditioner that regulates moisture and air around plant roots for ideal growing conditions. It will help to:

Save water.

Peat retains up to 20 times its weight in moisture, and releases water slowly as plants need it.

Aerate heavy, clay soil.

Peat moss allows for proper root growth by loosening and aerating soils.

Bind sandy soil.

By adding body to sandy soil, Canadian peat helps it retain moisture and nutrients.

Reduce leaching.

Peat moss reduces leaching of nutrients in or added to the soil, releasing them over time. This will save on fertilizer.

Protect soil.

Peat moss protects soil from hardening and adds organic material.

Make better compost.

Peat moss speeds the composting process, reduces odours and controls air and water in the compost pile.

Peat moss decomposes slowly over several years compared to compost which typically decomposes within one year. It has a reliable pH (3.4 to 4.8); is environmentally friendly and free of insects, weeds, seeds, salts and chemicals, and represents good value (bale compression means you get approximately two bales in one!). It's the ideal growing medium for your gardening needs,good luck.

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