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sphag·num moss

a highly absorbent moss used as a substitute for absorbent cotton or gauze in surgical dressing and sanitary napkins.
Synonym(s): muskeag moss, peat moss

peat moss

1. Any moss of the large genus Sphagnum whose decomposed and compacted remains form peat. The moss is absorptive and acidic and inhibits growth of bacteria and fungi. Synonym: sphagnum moss
2. The decomposed and compacted remains of the mosses, used as a soil conditioner and as a dressing for wounds. It has also been used by some primitive people as a form of external menstrual protection. Synonym: sphagnum moss
See also: moss

peat, peat moss

used as bedding for housed cattle and horses and is very absorbent of water.

peat scours
chronic diarrhea in ruminants grazing pasture on peat-derived soils low in copper and/or high in molybdenum. See also copper nutritional deficiency, molybdenum.
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Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss is responsibly harvested, and the Canadian peat moss industry is recognized as an international leader in sustainable practices.
The treatments were (1) sand + soil + cocopeat, (2) sand + soil + sphagnum peat moss, (3) sand + soil + peat and (4) sand + soil + animal manure.
You may need to spray the lawn and peat moss with a fine mist of water to keep the piles from blowing away while you work.
No similar warning appears on Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for handling sphagnum peat moss .
Atlantic Canadian oyster growers have repeatedly voiced concerns over the potential environmental impact of commercial peat moss harvesting; specifically, they argue that the influx of peat particles into the marine ecosystem may be detrimental to, or even cause significant mortality in local oyster populations (Lavoie 1995).
So I dug, hoisted, hauled, cleared competing brush, dug again, planted, watered, added enriched soil, tamped, straightened, tamped again, watered again, added peat moss, and set off for another choice Norway.
Included in Walker's recent show, Carpet, 1992, consisted of a rectangular patch of cast peat moss from which fringelike strands of illuminated optical fiber projected at both ends.
Sun Gro was founded in 1929 in Vancouver, BC and has grown to become North America's largest producer of sphagnum peat, and the largest distributor of peat moss and peat and bark-based growing media to professional plant growers in the US and Canada.
ALBERT, Alberta, March 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA), a trade association of peat moss producers that accounts for 95% of Canada's total peat moss harvesting and production, has issued its first Industry Social Responsibility Report.
Despite "stringent new standards" for the licences, and new requirements for both SunGro and Berger to set up before operating the new mines, road building by Berger Peat Moss started immediately.
In this study we investigated the leaching of selected elements belonging to Group 1 (Cs and Li) and from Group 2 (Be, Sr, and Ba) from the soil control and plant growth substrate composed of coal fly ashes from two sources, and ashes mixed with soil and with the soil and sphagnum peat moss (SPM).
The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, announces that the firm Berger Peat Moss Ltd has been awarded financial assistance from the Government of Canada to implement a commercialization strategy in Canada, the United States and overseas.