Ball moss can be mistaken for more common forms of moss, but it is actually a different species altogether. Mistletoe is actually a plant that grows on needles of trees. It’s a fungus that lives off of the host tree it attaches itself to and causes it excessive stress by stealing nutrients from the root system that it lives in. It’s not toxic and doesn’t do any real damage to trees or their bark, but it does cause them to die off and shake havoc on the surrounding areas. If you have any signs of mites, powdery substance on the leaves, or find dead leaves on the ground, then you could very well be dealing with ball moss.
As stated above, ball moss removal isn’t as simple as just removing the foliage that surrounds the plant. There are also microscopic bugs and mites that will be thriving on the twigs and leaves. These critters need access to moisture in order to survive, which means that any tree with any amount of soil will be a likely habitat for these parasites. This is why it’s important to get a professional ball moss remover out to your property as soon as possible.
When you’re dealing with larger branches or trees, a professional remover may use techniques that include cutting out the stem and the whole thing can be felled down. While this isn’t always the most efficient way of ball moss removal, it can be quite effective if done properly. Cutting out the stem and roots of the plant not only ensures that it won’t grow back, but also eliminates the threat of having the parasite move to another branch and start there.
The first step in professional ball moss removal is getting rid of any live leaves or petals that are on your tree. This will ensure that no mites or bugs will be moving around after the removal process is complete. After that, take a pair of gloves and spray some of the remaining foliage pieces with a commercial fogger. Leave them alone for a few minutes before using your vacuum to pick up the small pieces. Do this about four times to ensure that all of the dead insects and tiny spiders are removed from your garden.
Many people think that using chemicals to get rid of ball moss is okay. However, many people do not realize how hazardous the chemicals are when they are sprayed directly on plants. This is especially true because it is difficult for plants to filter out the toxins through their stems and leaves. This will only make your garden and yard a much more dangerous place to be. If you are unsure whether or not the chemicals are safe for your trees, contact a professional ball moss removal company before attempting to remove any of the green growth.
There are also two popular methods of ball moss removal that involve manually removing the green growths. The first method is completely manual and requires a ladder. You must climb up the ladder and go room to room searching for the ball moss. Once you have found it you must carefully pull it out of the ground using powerful hoses and brushes.
The second method of ball moss removal is far easier. All that is required is to locate the source of the growth using a remote camera. You then need to get down to the grass and remove all of the roots as well as any limbs that grow from the roots. After this you simply need to line the area with a burlap cloth and apply a chemical that indicates required field cleanup. This chemical will irritate the roots and will kill the roots.
The last method that I will mention is using utility lines to remove ball moss from trees. Utility lines are ideal because they are easy to access, they are not exposed to weather conditions and they are buried in the ground. The only real problem with this method is that utility lines can also be damaged by wind, rain and ice. If you are trying to remove ball moss from a tree in which these problems are common you should try to apply a light coat of primer before laying the utility lines down and using soil or ballast to fill in any gaps in the ground.