5 tips to get the Perfect Moss Garden
For a long time, people have been doing whatever they can to get rid of the moss growing in their yards. If you are trying to get rid of moss in your garden without success, maybe it is time to think about constructing a moss garden instead.
Moss, in the right area, can be an excellent landscaping idea. There are many types of moss including cushion moss, carpet moss, fern moss, hair cap moss, and mood moss. No matter what type of moss you choose, there are certain tips to help you get the perfect moss garden.
1. Choose Your Preferred Moss Plants
Mosses can be either acrocarps or pleurocarps. The pleurocarps grow fast and resemble creeping vines. The fern moss and carpet moss fall into this category. On the other hand, acrocarps mosses grow in an upright manner, spread slowly and have a tight formation that prevents the weed from sprouting.
In this category are cushionmoss, hair cap moss, and mood moss. Cushionmoss is very beautiful especially because it can either be grayish green or white.
2. Choose a Spot for Your Moss Garden
By checking the surroundings, you will know if it is possible to have a moss garden in your area. Moss can grow almost anywhere. Some of the factors determining the type of moss are bedrock, soil, and humidity.
Mosses will normally grow in damp places, but others grow in a humid climate. This is why forests and mountainous areas have moss in plenty. Moss requires a little bit of light to grow.
Too much sunlight is not good for its growth and areas that are too dark are not suitable for its growth. If you have a partially shady area like under a tree, this is a perfect place to grow moss.
The soil should be slightly acidic with a pH of 6.0-6.5. Under these conditions, moss will endure dry conditions better than grass, for instance. During droughts, the moss stops growing but will continue to grow when water comes.
3. Make the Ground Ready
You can either use chemical or mechanical methods to get rid of the weed, and unwanted grass in the area set aside as a moss garden. Once you clear the ground, smooth it out to get rid of any sunken area where water may collect.
Next, compact the area to prevent settling once you introduce the moss. Finally, add logs, paving stones, and rocks all around the moss garden.
4. Press the Moss Into the Ground
The next step is to water your moss garden heavily. You can use a sprinkler to water your garden. Using a firm hand, place the moss section-by-section onto the surface. Then, press down the moss onto the rocky area or into the soil to get it firmly situated while preventing it from moving.
5. Maintaining and Caring for Your Moss Garden
You should not grow pleurocarp and acrocarp mosses together because the former group requires more water to grow than the latter one. Acrocarps such as cushion moss should be watered once a day during the first few months to prevent rotting and allow for drying.
Pleurocarps like sheet moss and carpet moss can be watered several times every day without tapering. You will occasionally find weed in your moss garden. Make sure to remove it because weed has deep roots that the moss cannot compete with.
Reaching the weed will not be a problem because you can easily walk on it without causing damage. However, moss cannot handle sliding, jumping or running.
Do not forget to get rid of all fallen leaves. For the moss to keep growing well, make sure to maintain the right moss conditions of moisture, shade, and soil that is low in pH.
Moss can be an excellent addition to your home's landscape. What's more, compared to a grass lawn, a moss lawn requires less maintenance. Compacted soil does not affect moss.
It is also resilient to cold and drought. To maintain a pleasant moss garden, all you have to do is ensure that there are no leaves on it and that weed does not invade.