How To Grow Moss In My Garden?

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How can I encourage moss in my garden?


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Answer #1 · Gardenality.com's Answer · Hi Jenna,

Are you wanting to grow a moss lawn or around stones or plants?

Either way you will need to prepare the area by eliminating all other weeds and or grasses. Start with a clean soil surface. The soil pH will need to be at 5.5 or below. Moss prefers acidic soil. You will need to have the soil tested or test it your self with a soil pH test kit. If the pH is above 5.5 you can add aluminum sulfate or rock sulfur to lower the pH. Acidity is what lowers the pH. Alkalinity raises the pH level.

You may be able to purchase moss from your local independent nursery, but if not you can find it in the wild. You can harvest wild moss by using a garden spade or flat shovel. Remove the moss by digging slightly below the soil surface.

Wet the soil lightly prior to laying the moss. Lay the moss on the soil and lightly tamp it to create good contact with the soil.

Keep the moss damp on a continual basis. If you can't water regularly, meaning several times throughout the day, you can set up a sprinkler with a timer. The moss should establish within three weeks. Once established watering can be reduced, however, keep in mind that moss thrives in damp soil.

I will mention as well that some moss prefers shade or morning sun and others will tolerate full sun to part shade. Obtain moss that will suit the amount of sun exposure.

Hope this helps you out.

Brooks Wilson))



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Answer #2 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi Jenna-Great question. I noticed that Brooks has given you some great information. I was researching to know more about moss gardening myself and found a few interesting items I will pass on also. Most see moss and immediately want to get rid of it. I think it is beautiful in its place, especially in area that have compacted soils or massive root problems where nothing else will grow.

Most mosses prefer a site that offers cool, shady conditions with moist slightly acidic soil. Moss can grow around or on other plants without hurting them. Moss is not a parasite that will harm other plants, but the conditions it grows in may not be beneficial to some plants. Moss is an epiphytic plant which means it gets is water and nutrients from the air and not the soil or other plants. Moss is usually found growing in soils that are nutritionally poor and therefore don't have to compete with plants that need well drained nutritionally rich soil.

To encourage moss as a groundcover, do what you can to provide the conditions above. If the soil pH is too high you can add sulfur or ammonium sulfate to the soil to lower the PH. The soil PH should be below 5.5 as Brooks said. It would be wise to get a soil test to see where your soil ph is. Many nurseries can do this for you or you can contact your local extension service. You can scape moss from existing patches, break it up into small pieces, and spread it over the planting area that has been tamped down somewhat, not to soft or loose. After planting light applications of a water soluble fertilizer for acid loving plants such as azaleas every few weeks will help to establish your moss.

I have noted the link to a site that may be interesting to you regarding moss gardening. Just click on the link to go directly to the site.

http://npk1.tripod.com/moss.html

Hope this helps.
John)



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