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Apr 16, 2013 3:18 AM

Can anyone identify this

The photo shows what I beieve may be a form of moss.

It is growing in gravel borders on the edge of a lawn and seems difficult to get rid of.  Tried Iron Sulphate which turns it  black and surpresses its groweth but it quickly sprouts green again.

Any ideas what this is and how it can be eradicated?IMG_0113.JPG

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    Apr 16, 2013 9:39 AM (in response to brandyman)
    Re: Can anyone identify this

    Hi,

    your moss is almost certainly Polytrichastrum formosum (a.k.a. Polytrichum formosum) one of the more robust upright growing British mosses. It is well adapted to growing in rather acid environments and this may be why it laughs in the face of your Iron sulphate, liming might be more effective. Because of their different physiology many of the weedkillers commonly used eg. Paraquat, etc. don't kill mosses but I believe there are moss-killers available for those who prefer putting greens to nice diverse communities.

    all the best

    Fred

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