When people think of green lawns, most will envision a thick
carpet of grass covering their yards. In the past decade, this type of ground
cover has become more and more unsustainable because the use of water has
become regulated especially during summer months. This is why more and more
gardeners are exploring the possibilities offered by moss gardens, and many
will find that nurseries usually have different types of moss for sale.
Benefits of Growing Moss in Your Garden
If you want a manicured lawn with a thick carpet of grass,
you would need to make sure you have full sun – something necessary to keep the
grass green and healthy. Because of this, grass lawns also need a lot of water.
On the other hand, people who use moss do not have to deal with this balancing
act, and that is only one of the many benefits you get from cultivating a
garden of moss instead of grass. If you grow moss, you won’t have to cut any of your trees;
moss will thrive perfectly in a shady lawn. To determine where you can start developing
your new ground cover, look at the shaded, bald spots in your garden. Give
these areas good dowsing of water and see if some moss will naturally sprout.Moss does not need as much water as grass. Although moss
is to be kept well watered, its requirement is substantially less than what
popular grass varieties need. Depending on the type of moss you plant,
sprinkling your moss lawn for 2 to 5 minutes twice daily is ordinarily
sufficient for proper hydration. You have a wide selection of textures when you use moss.
If you visit a nursery with moss for sale, you will find that moss comes in
various shapes and forms. While most lawns covered with grass look untidy when
several types of grass are used, moss lends itself to being used in creative combinations.
For example, you can plant reindeer moss in a part of your garden that has
somewhat more sunlight, Irish moss in an area that has more shade, and Hypnum
moss in large flat areas where a more delicate texture would be appropriate. Moss can grow well even if the soil is less than ideal. It
can thrive in acidic or alkaline soil, and because it does not have a deep root
system, it can do well even on the rocky ground. Reindeer moss, for example,
can grow against rocks for as long as it has sufficient drainage, moisture, and
sunlight. Other types of moss, such as Irish moss, need well-drained soil but
can be spread on rocks in shady parts of the garden.
Moss gardens have a soft, aged, ambiance that neatly
manicured lawns do not always have. If you plan to use moss to cover a part of
your garden, explore the idea of using several varieties instead of just one,
and you will be enchanted by the jewel-like shades of green that will greet you