Moss can be added to any garden to create an attractive, healthy bottom layer. It can build a more natural feel into a rock garden, add a counterpoint to a flower garden, or even form its own whimsical moss garden. There are differing types of moss which can be added to the garden, and you can even buy moss in an online plant nursery.
The moss garden should start free of competing plant life, such as grass, and smooth enough that the low-lying moss bed can spread easily. If you wish to combine moss with perennials or other features, add those first before planting the live moss. Finally, it is important to remember that moss grows very slowly. If you have a large area, buy a lot of moss to cover it, do not expect it to grow and take over quickly. Sheet moss and carpet moss sell by the square footage in places such as an online plant nursery or a local gardening store.
When it is finished, a live moss garden looks natural and beautiful. A simple layer of sheet moss will mingle easily with artificial garden features too, so you can be as creative as your imagination and budget allow. When planted in the garden, it forms a thick carpet-like texture, with a smooth surface and only medium growth. Since it can cover soil, wood, or even rock, arrange those artfully across the garden and allow the live moss to create a lighter appearance of untrammeled wilderness without the bother of thick weeds and heavy trees. Whether you use carpet moss or sheet moss, the results will be beautiful between the preparation work and the patience.
Spagnum moss, or peat moss, is often added to gardens without becoming the garden’s centerpiece. It has many properties which enhance an existing garden, such as gradually enabling the release of water or fertilizer to the other plants, allowing them to thrive on less of both. It also functions to improve soil type. Heavy clay soil is loosened to aid root growth, while sandy soil is given extra body to help the soil maintain nutrients and water. Spagnum moss also speeds up composting by helping break down organic matter, and its own decay is very slow so it becomes an appropriate growth medium for other plants.
When you buy moss for your garden, you are making the right choice.
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