Moss - Incredibly Resilient
The year-round beauty of moss is quite obvious - even to the most casual observer. But it is the resiliency, reduced maintenance, and environmental soundness (no known pests/little to no disease) that make growing moss even more appealing. Moss can tolerate extremes in temperature and moisture levels. Even during periods with severe cold, moss, unlike grass, remains a dark green color. Excessive heat or lack of rainfall, also have no permanent effect. During these difficult growing periods, moss plants simply go dormant and lose some of their lush green appearance until a summer shower quickly restores it.
By learning how to grow moss, gardeners can enjoy the following benefits:
- No Mowing
- No Fertilizers or Pesticides
- No watering once established
- No Liming or De-Thatching
- Little to no weeding once established
Moss is becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to grass and other conventional groundcovers for shady areas. Not only is moss visually soothing, but it also requires little to no maintenance once established. By growing moss, gardeners eliminate the mundane chore of mowing grass, and free up more time to focus on what they enjoy most - gardening!
Growing Environment - How to grow moss
The four factors that will most greatly impact the survival rate of re-located moss are:
- Adequate moisture
- Soil pH/soil type
Obviously the most difficult to control is humidity (our misting kits will help). If, however, the other three conditions are satisfied, then there is a very high probability of survival. In order to stack the deck in one's favor, the following guidelines MUST be followed in order to successfully grow shade loving mosses:
Select the proper location for the moss garden(s)
This is by far the most important consideration. Most mosses prefer a medium to fairly dense shade. Direct afternoon sun should be avoided. Full sun locations will never work for Moss Acres customers, as the moss we harvest has been growing on shady, wooded hillsides. Northern or eastern facing slopes in the woods are by far the best choice for growing moss. (our sun-tolerant moss will work in these areas)
Amending Soil pH
Mosses prefer growing on firmly packed acidic soils with a pH between 5.0 and 5.5. (actually alkaline soils over 7.0 for sun-tolerant moss). To amend soil pH, Moss Acres offers a sulfur powder that can be easily dispersed over the moss gardening area prior to transplanting.
This, with no question, is absolutely imperative if moss is to survive transplanting. The area must be kept moist at all times for at least the first three weeks following transplanting. But do not over-water. No standing water.