How to make a moss garden

When a friend told me his disused moss-covered tennis court was about to be demolished I jumped at the chance to create a beautiful moss garden!

Collecting moss can be frowned upon in the UK, but if you get the chance to save some then why not make your own moss garden? If you have to collect from the wild then choose a conifer plantation and leave it in such a way that it will grow back to fill in the holes you make. Here’s some good advice.

Choose a place in your garden that moss likes to grow in, it’ll be a wetter area or you’ll get slower growth – moss only grows when it has light, water and nutrients, if one of these is missing it will go dormant and be in stasis.

It can take six months for moss to get going once it’s been moved so you may as well give it the best shot at success!

How to lay a moss lawn:

Choose the dampest location in full sun or semi shade

Flatten the ground – moss doesn’t like bumps (it will in fact grow on glass)

Cut the moss to shape and press down firmly, in a windy location use cocktail sticks to fix it in place. If your moss is dry and you want to get it growing on a rock, or wood, then use spots of super glue.

Use scissors to cut the moss into the fine detail

Walking on moss will actually help it by again firming it down and by breaking the cells to make more moss.

Moss doesn’t like competition from weeds, like grass, neither does it like leaf litter. Show it a bit of love in this direction and it’ll repay you handsomely!

Some folks use weed killer to get moss off the lawn, if you have this problem do consider switching to a moss lawn, they are hard wearing and very attractive. For larger areas, like a lawn, lay it like polka dots and eventually it’ll grow over the gaps. But be warned, it is slow growing.




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