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Environmental Committee Information for “Ball Moss” infestation in trees. 
From the Environmental Committee and Landscape Committee of University Oaks:
Committee Members are:  
Evelyn Broussard
Graciela Lubertino
Tracy Penn


If you have noticed ball moss growing in your trees and you want an environmentally friendly way to control it, check out this information gathered by the Environmental Committee. 

From Evelyn Broussard:   First, definition  of ball moss.. it is related to the pineapple and ornamental bromeliads. Ball moss is an epi-phyte which means that it grows on other plants but does not take nutrients from them but pseudo  roots of ball moss anchor it to the surface on  which it grows. Ball moss smothers out the lower limbs of the tree, weakening them and then secondary organisms then enter and eventually can kill the tree.  Treatment: use a garden hose attached  to a high pressure  nozzle to spray and saturate ball moss. Fifty ( 50) pounds of baking soda to 100 gallons of water. In addition to the solution, it is helpful to use copper sulfate, 4 to 6 pounds to 100 gallons of water and takes 18 months before it dies. Treat in early spring  - February  to April, works better during rain seasons. 

If you would like to research it more, you might begin with these 2 websites.  
 
http://counties.agrilife.org/kerr/files/2014/02/ball-moss1.pdf
http://counties.agrilife.org/valverde/files/2014/11/Ball-Moss.pdf

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