By Laura Miller
Perhaps you're contemplating turning part of your yard into a moss garden. But what about weeds? After all, removing weeds from moss by hand sounds like a lot of hard work. Luckily, controlling weeds in moss is not difficult. Learn how to kill weeds, not moss in this article.
By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer
Also known as “blended moss,” moss slurry is the easiest and quickest way to get moss to grow in difficult locations of the garden. With a lot of slurry, you can even create a moss lawn. It isn’t difficult to establish a moss slurry, so click here to learn how.
By Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)
While several techniques for growing moss have been debunked as false, many still try their hand at it. One technique uses yogurt as a catalyst for encouraging the spread of moss. But does moss grow on yogurt and is this just another falsehood? Learn more here.
By Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer
Mosses are fascinating little plants that form luxurious, bright green carpets, usually in shady, damp, woodland environments. If you can replicate this natural environment, you won't have any trouble growing moss in plant pots. Click here to learn more.
By Liz Baessler
Moss is the perfect choice for that spot where nothing else will grow. Thriving on just a little bit of moisture and shade, and happy with no soil at all. Click here for more information about different types of moss for your garden.
By Anne Baley
Ever seen artwork growing in moss on a wall or building? This is the latest in ecological guerrilla gardening - moss graffiti art. Learn more about this unusual art form in the following article.
By Heather Rhoades
Growing moss is a lovely way to add a little something extra to a garden. Growing moss is not hard at all, but doing it successfully requires that you have a little bit of knowledge. This article can help with that.
By Heather Rhoades
Moss growing in your lawn or garden can be frustrating if you do not want it there. Ridding lawn of moss takes a little work, but it can be done. Take a look at how to kill moss in this article.
By Nikki Tilley, Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden
Moss does not have roots and does not require soil to grow. Instead, it often grows on or adheres to other surfaces, such as tree bark. It is sometimes necessary to prevent growth on plants, and this article will help.
What’s the point of using moss? First of all, it’s an attractive low-lying garden plant that helps fill in bare spots in a rock garden or spaces between stepping stones. Second, it’s low maintenance and can even grow on rocks, depending on the variety.
Moss is beautiful as a filler in floral arrangements. It’s also often used in decorative terrariums and to retain soil moisture in indoor and outdoor planters.
Peat moss, in particular, is used in gardening and agriculture because of its moisture retention qualities. If you’re thinking about using peat moss, read up on the pros and cons of using it.
Mosses work as a lawn substitute in areas where the weather and conditions are right. If you’re tired of mowing your lawn, a moss might be the answer to your problems. Pick the right, quick-spreading option, and you’ll never need to mow again.
Moss is also often used in green roof designs because of its capability to tolerate drought and absorb water. Moss requires little feeding and is overall a low maintenance type of greenery, which makes it an excellent option for those who don’t want to spend a lot of time dealing with upkeep.
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When you see moss in a flower bed, your first instinct may be to reach for a weed killer. But moss is not an invasive plant. Instead, moss is a plant that occurs when conditions favor it over other plants. For example, moss frequently occurs in lawns where thick shade and high moisture cause grass to become patchy and sparse. The key to controlling moss in a flower bed is to change the conditions of a flower bed to favor your flowers instead of moss.
Rake moss with a gardening rake to remove the patches of the plant.
Dig up to 10 soil samples from your flower bed using a soil auger. These samples should be 2 inches wide and 12 inches deep. Mix the soil samples in a bucket and allow them to dry. Pick out all large debris such as roots or rocks. Place the sample in a sandwich bag and take it to your nearest county extension service and have an extension agent send it to the nearest university-run soil testing laboratory. A soil test will determine the soil structure and pH. Moss grows well in heavy clay or compacted soils that have low pH, poor drainage and low fertility. A soil test can recommend soil amendments that will improve soil structure, fertility and pH.
Break up the soil of your flower bed with a spade to a depth of 12 inches. Spread a 4-inch layer of soil amendments over the top of the soil. Good amendments for soil include compost and peat moss. These amendments will improve fertility, aeration and drainage problems. You may also add lime to increase the pH of low pH soil. Mix these amendments with the soil using a rake.
Regrade your flower bed with a rake to redirect runoff. Moss often grows in areas where water collects. By changing the grade of your flower bed, you will prevent water from collecting in problem areas.
Prune nearby trees and shrubs to let more light reach the soil of your flower bed. Moss grows well in heavy shade. By pruning nearby plants to allow more sun, you create an environment that is hostile to moss.
You can also plant ground covers that favor heavy shade and moist soil, such as hostas, ferns or impatiens. These plants will crowd out moss so that it cannot grow.