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Re: CULT: Ultra Dawn and Moss

--- In iris-talk@y..., Bill Shear <wshear@h...> wrote:
> On 9/9/01 7:52 PM, "alhbee@a..." <alhbee@a...> wrote:
> > I've had a problem with moss in an iris bed. Five ounces of Dawn 
Ultra dishwashing
> > hand soap in 3 gallon sprayer. It does kill the moss and I've 
seen no
> > ill-effects on the iris.
> Al, I have a similar problem, and after about 2 years of lightly 
> hydrated lime and granular dolomitic limestone on the bed, the moss
> disappeared and has not come back. 

Hi - I just walked in from the yard, where I was out putting 
dolomitic limestone on my lawn. I live in Southwest Washington state, 
where my two native plants are moss and camas. I like both of them, 
however, every few years, I need to give the grass in the lawn a 
fighting chance. I think the important thing in Bill's message is 
the "lightly sprinkling" of the lime - our instinct is that if a 
little a good, a lot will be better. I spread it as thinly as I can. 
This keeps my grass/moss ratio in line. I also use a tiny bit of 
dolomite limestone in my beds. But a caution note, at least for me. 
My beds are mixed plants, including some real acid lovers, like 
blueberries, ligonberries, azaelas, along with the irises, peonies, 
and a couple of old fashioned roses. So I have to be spot specific 
with the lime. I have found it to be quite beneficial, and I only 
need to lime about every four years. Gail in Southwest Washington, 
where our nights are again cooland moist, and the mornings hazy.

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