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Justin's Tree Service On Ball Moss

Justin's Tree Service prefers to educate its clients on all the aspects of caring for their trees. In a Frequently asked questions discussion, Justin's Tree Service talks about what ball moss is, and what it means for your trees.


It is a common concern that ball moss may be killing a homeowner's tree. Is it really doing that? What is Ball Moss anyway? First of all, contrary to what many would assume, it is not a parasitic plant that gains sustenance from your tree. It turns out, it is actually in the same family as pineapples, called bromeliads. Ball Moss is also an epiphyte, which makes it similar to mosses, lichens, algae, and even some ferns. This moss can spread and grow practically anywhere, including power lines, walls, gutters, or even an old car.


Instead of the misconception that they draw nutrients from a tree, it is actually gained through the air. They also spread through tiny air-born spores, carried by the wind, rain, and small animals. It is known however, that it can cause some minor damage to trees if left to grow out of control, because it can choke the growth of leaves when it gets too thick. Besides this, there are no other major concerns. The best time to remove the ball moss is during pruning, as a large percentage of it will come off with the limbs that you remove. If you feel that it did not remove enough, talking to an arborist, Justin's Tree Service for example, about safely removing as much as possible of the eye-sore that is ball moss.


About  Justin's Tree Service:


Justin's Tree Service ( is a Dallas native Arborist and tree service. The company is familiar with the tree species and plant species native to the Dallas and North Texas area, creating a specialization to the region. The service has 20 years of experience, and offer professional trimming, tree removal, stump grinding,  deep root fertilization, tree planting, core aeration, consultation, pruning, post construction treatment, and pre construction preparation.

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