The Beauty and Benefits of Moss: Why Removing it with Chemicals is Harmful and Unnecessary

Posted by Jim Fucetola on

Moss is a beautiful and unique part of nature that can add a touch of green to any landscape. However, in recent years, there has been an overuse of chemicals in an attempt to kill moss, particularly in Oregon. This is a sad and unfortunate trend, as moss offers many benefits and is not actually a problem that needs to be solved.

Moss is often associated with damp and humid environments, but it can also thrive on rooftops, patios, and other surfaces. While many people believe that moss on a roof is harmful, a little-known fact is that it can actually be beneficial to the waterproof layer. Moss on an asphalt shingle roof or rubber roof will not damage the waterproof layer. In fact, it can act as an installation that keeps the shingles cool and protected from the sun's rays. This, in turn, can extend the life of the roof and help to prevent leaks. 

Not only moss is beneficial to the roof but also it's an important part of the ecosystem and provides food and habitat for a variety of wildlife, including insects and birds. It can help to reduce runoff and erosion, and even improve water quality. Moss also helps to retain moisture in the soil, which can be especially beneficial in dry regions

The use of chemicals to remove moss, particularly zinc-based poisons, is not only harmful to moss but also to the fish and wildlife that depend on it. These chemicals can also have a negative impact on the environment and human health. The overuse of these chemicals is a threat to the delicate ecosystem of Oregon.

At Moss Acres, we highly recommend leaving moss on your roofs and patios. However, we understand that some people may still want to remove it. That's why we offer a moss rehoming service. We can come and take your unwanted moss and re-introduce it back into nature in a new place. This way, the moss can continue to provide the benefits it offers without being destroyed.

In conclusion, moss is a valuable and essential part of the ecosystem that offers many benefits. We urge people to think twice before using chemicals to remove it. If you must have it gone, please contact Moss Acres, where we can provide a safe and sustainable solution.

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