Moss For Zone 6

Planting Live Moss

The first step in planting moss is the preparation of the soil. Remove all unwanted plants, weeds and grasses, and the application of a pre-emergent weed preventative may be helpful. Mosses are tolerant of a wide variety of soil types and pH, though sandy soils should be avoided. Grade and contour the soil if necessary, filling in any depressions that might collect water or debris. If you are planning for any companion plants in the moss garden area, plant them first. Finally, rake the top layer of soil lightly to loosen it.

Take the dry moss plants and fragment them by pulling and teasing them apart into small pieces. The pieces may vary in size but should be at least 1/4 inch to promote growth. Generally speaking, larger pieces will grow quicker, but smaller pieces can be spread over a wider area.

Place the pieces on the soil, then water profoundly but gently to avoid washing away the parts. Walk over the damp soil and moss to help hold the pieces to the soil more firmly. If the moss is in a runoff pathway, net or pins it in place so it won't be washed away.

Keep the plants moist during the first two months after planting. After that, the watering schedule should be tapered off if the moss plants are of the Acrocarpous variety. The application of too much water over extended periods of time may cause Acrocarpous plants to rot. Pleurocarpous moss plants are much more tolerant of water, but if the temperature rises above 70 degrees Fahrenheit the warm, wet conditions may promote mold and mildew.