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Moss Gardens - 4 Things To Know Before You Grow
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Do you have a shady bald spot in your yard that just refuses to produce the grassy lawn of your dreams? Consider growing a moss garden in that barren spot; it's an easy and inexpensive way to add character to your yard. Moss gardens have been around since the 14th century, isn't it time you discovered the charm and serenity they bring to any backyard?

Moss is not too finicky, but it does have a few simple requirements:

It wants shade. Moss is rather sun shy; it prefers a northern or eastern exposure and the shelter of shade. Too much sunshine can hasten its demise. It doesn't mind a bit of time in the sun though; a little exposure will help develop a deeper viridian cast. If that stubborn,, grassless bare spot has some shade, then you have found the ideal spot to grow moss.

It gets thirsty. The moss plant has no real root system or veins to absorb and transfer water. Instead it drinks in the moisture through its leaves. Keep it moist by spraying it gently for the first 3 weeks - dampening, but not drowning. After it has taken off, an occasional misting is helpful when needed. It thrives on humidity.

It likes acidic soil. The soil pH should be in the 5.5 range. If your soil is slightly off the mark, you may consider adding a bit of lime to increase the pH, or to lower the acidity, add compost, sawdust, peat moss or coffee grounds. It's best to do this type of soil prep in the winter, allowing ample time for the soil to acclimate before introducing the moss. Compacted clay soil is its favorite environment.

It doesn't like rolling stones. Well, you probably already knew that, but do you know why? Since moss has no true root system it has no way of digging in and hanging onto the soil. There is not much binding it to the soil surface. Because of this moss is a very delicate species. Even though the thought of meandering barefooted on a velvety blanket of moss may seem serene, it could mean a death sentence for your mossy friend. Make sure you plan to place your moss garden in an area that has little foot traffic, or use stepping stones to protect this fragile creature.

Now that you know a little more about moss gardens, why not try one yourself? Moss is the perfect ground cover for shady areas; once established it's easy to maintain and never requires mowing. Discover the allure of moss. Its fuzzy layers add depth and provide the perfect backdrop for your garden.


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