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Damage to moss

I noticed around the base of one of my trees, all the moss has been shredded and is now bare earth pretty much, if I remove the debris on the surface.  Would this be squirrels / badger/ fox/ chaffer grubs ?  I know its only moss but even moss is better than just mud.  

Will have to reseed it in the spring. but just wondering who the culprit is and if I can do anything to stop it from happening and further damage. 


 Any advice gratefully received. thank you.


  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    Blackbirds searching for worms?

  • Snap Sue - definitely blackbirds after worms - it'll all settle down and grow back again.  No need to do anything if you like the moss there (and I do).  

    Just an idea - you might use the opportunity of having a bit of bare soil around the base of the tree to scatter a little Fish Blood and Bone around and rake it in - it'll perk it up in the spring - it's probably been there a while without  any feed and if that's a laurel hedge behind it it will be taking a lot of the nutrients from the soil.

    I think you've got the makings of a lovely garden there for wildlife - blackbirds love nesting in laurel image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Peanuts3Peanuts3 Posts: 759

    Great thank you.  Good idea re the food, will do that.  I love this website such good advice ! Happy happy happy ! 

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    Peanuts - What coincidence I've just dug up the moss around my apple tree so that I COULD feed the tree (half of its root system will be covered in weed matting and slate).

    I've used slow release fertiliser and dug in new top soil (which we dug out of the garden when we made the hole for the pond).

    Here's to happy trees in 2014!! image

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