Ball Moss Removal


Ball moss consists of neither a moss nor a ball. These plants have a closer relation to pineapples as they both belong to the Bromeliaceae family of plants, according to the University of Florida. While ball moss tenaciously clings to tree limbs, these plants do not feed off the host. They get their own nutrients and water from the air around them, classifying ball moss as an epiphyte, according to Texas A&M University. Ball moss will not kill a tree, and removal should only occur if the ball moss blocks out the light from the lower branches of the tree, according to the University of Florida.

Step 1

Climb a ladder and carefully pull off as many clumps of ball moss as you can, wearing gardening gloves to protect your hands. Discard the removed ball moss.

Step 2

Combine 6 oz. of a copper-based fungicide labeled for treating ball moss with 10 gallons of water.

Step 3

Fill the pump sprayer with the fungicide mixture.

Step 4

Spray this mixture directly onto the ball moss in the winter until the spray drips from the moss.

Step 5

Wait for several months for the chemical treatment to kill the moss, indicated by the ball moss falling from the tree. Repeat the treatment the following winter to kill off any remaining ball moss or any regrowth.

Tips and Warnings

  • Protect driveways, cars and ornamental plants under the tree by covering them with a tarp before spraying the ball moss to prevent the copper from causing discoloration or damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Ladder
  • Gardening gloves
  • Pump sprayer
  • 6 oz. by weight copper-based fungicide labeled for ball moss, such as Kocide DF, Blue Shield or Champion brands
  • 10 gallons water


  • Texas A&M: Parasites
  • University of Florida: Spanish Moss and Ball Moss
  • City of Round Rock, Texas: Ball Moss
Keywords: remove ball moss, moss removal, tree moss

About this Author

Athena Hessong began her freelance writing career in 2004. She draws upon experiences and knowledge gained from teaching all high school subjects for seven years. Hessong earned a Bachelor's in Arts in history from the University of Houston and is a current member of the Society of Professional Journalists.