Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. It is unique to natural areas called peatlands, bogs, mires, moors, or muskegs. [15] The estimated carbon content is 415 GtC (northern peatlands),[3] 50 GtC (tropical peatlands) and 15 GtC (South America). That is 50% volume of coco peat should be added. [9] The characteristics of some bog plants actively promote bog formation. 497 pp. Environmentalists, government and horticultural businesses in the UK now recognise the environmental consequences of using peat in horticulture, and the industry is turning increasingly to sustainable raw materials. Can ensure it is also one of the Restionaceae while in tropical coastal fringes peat is often referred as! [51] Only lightly hand-dug, it is now a national nature reserve and is being restored to its natural condition. It is…. Peat has to be mixed with sand and loam to form a soil mixture that we can use in our gardens. Drainage, causing compaction and oxidation and excavation have reduced peatlands (>40 cm peat) to about 2,733 km2 (1,055 sq mi)[39] or 10% of the land area, mostly used as meadows. Peat has to be mixed with sand and loam to form a soil mixture that we can use in our gardens. img#wpstats{display:none}. Peat consists of decaying vegetable matter and -- when added to soil -- enriches the area for better plant life. /*