Moss For Zone 9

All about mosses

This article offers directions about how to dig moss from the area, how to plant it, when to plant it, and the best times to transplant mosses. Mosses grow in shaded areas on compacted ground, on rocks that remain moist along creek beds, on fallen logs, and under bushes. Extraction and removal are by paint scraper or putty knife. It's best to extract moss that feels moist and heavy.

Make a moss puree for transplanting by putting the extracted moss in a blender, adding four parts liquid to one part moss, blending thoroughly, and applying to the transplant surface, which should be away from afternoon sun. Once the transplant is in place, regular watering is necessary for at least three weeks.

Plant any foundation plants and add mosses last. Prepare the soil to suit the more complex, vascular plants and then smooth the surface for the mosses to make a living mulch around them. Moss prefers a somewhat acidic soil between 5.0 and 5.5 pH. Test the soil and then apply aluminum sulfate or elemental sulfur at a concentration to obtain this range.

It is best to keep the moss moist, shaded, and free of debris. Foot traffic should be minimal on bare feet or smooth, flat treads that limit harmful tearing. Water channels can deposit harmful debris until the new moss establishes itself and stabilizes the soil. Stones and gravel as temporary upstream barriers can divert the run-off.

Smoothing the surface speeds up rhizome attachment for the establishment and then growth. Mosses first implant rhizome attachment at their growing edges before they send out new filaments. Mosses can grow over almost any obstacle but not quickly. Any loose material should be removed, and the soil leading up to any trees, roots, or hardscape ramped up to prevent debris or a dead zone where mosses are slow to attach to vertical surfaces.

Moss transplanting can be year-round, most ideally late March through mid-June and September through November. Mosses are evergreen plants that grow all year if they have moisture and sunlight at the same time. There is no seasonal growth. Dormancy comes any time they are dry. Active growth resumes as soon as moisture returns.

Mosses can be transplanted any time of the year. Survival requirements are the same in all zones and seasons. Differences in the time of year amount to questions of moisture. Moisture retention is higher in mild rather than in very hot temperatures. The more rainfall, the less irrigation needed.

Such directions about how to dig moss from the area, how to plant it, when to plant it, and the best times to transplant mosses are for the convenience of the reader.