Moss: Easy Green Landscaping

Moss has a particular look that any other type of plant can't match. It's a soft, velvety look many people love using in their landscaping. Not only does it have a clean look, but it has a subtle, clean scent of nature. However, it also has many other benefits for landscaping and the environment.

Using Moss in Shady Spots

   If there are shady areas in your landscaping, finding enough shade-loving plants that will work with your existing plants can be tricky. Mosses are the perfect plant to place in these areas. It loves the shade and won't need any hours of direct sunlight. It's a beautiful plant that lends an established look to new landscaping. The green colors and soft textures of mosses add to the variety found in landscaping and help to create a vibrant look. Shady places also tend to be too damp for most plants to grow, but it's an ideal condition for growing moss. Areas with standing water also tend to breed mosquitos, and moss can keep this from happening by absorbing that excess water.

It's a Great Ground Cover

   If you need ground cover, a few things work, including moss. It can be placed over the soil quickly and does not grow roots. It has proven to be a great plant in areas prone to soil erosion. Though it doesn't have roots, it does anchor itself to the soil with its rhizoids. These are short filaments that keep the moss attached to the soil, and they absorb nutrients from it. They keep the moss in place without you having to bury a root system. It also prevents weeds from growing in the bare spots in your landscaping.

Adding Greenery

   Green is well-known as a calming influence on humans, and moss comes in many shades of this soothing color. If you have spots of ground that don't look great when mixed in with your foliage, mosses can create a more uniformly green look. It grows in many spaces where any other plant would struggle to survive. With moss, you can have greenery between rocks, on shady slopes, and in areas with little space for a plant. Most mosses only get anywhere from 2" to 4" tall. And it's an evergreen plant that keeps its green color even if it goes dormant in the winter.

Ease of Maintenance

If an area is shady and gets moisture regularly, moss needs little to no maintenance. If it spreads too far for your landscaping design, it's easy to cut it back. It does not need to be fertilized or fed. It doesn't need to be pruned or deadheaded. Once it's laid on the soil, it makes itself home.