In a move towards sustainable planting options, more people are looking to moss for lawn replacement and accents in their landscape design. We’ve looked to David Spain with Moss and Stone Gardens for information and tips on growing moss to incorporate into your landscape.
Types of Moss
All moss can be classified into two types:
Acrocarpous and Pleurocarpous. Acrocarps are usually unbranched and erect, forming a mounded colony and are slower growing. Pleurocarps are freely branching in a chaotic fashion. Pleurocarps spread out branches from the colony in a creeping fashion.
Prepping for Moss
Start from the ground up. Remove any existing plants you do not want, grade and contour the area and fill depressions that will collect water. Install any hardscape and foundation plants first. Then lightly scratch the surface to create loose soil for the moss to make good contact.
Landscaping Birmingham AL – Moss Growth Rate
Mosses are slow growing because they are primitive plants and are limited to energy production. To get maximum growth, your moss should be moist as long as the sun is shining and the temperature is close to or above freezing. Many pleurocarp mosses can be watered several times a day year-round, promoting growth that is on par with most evergreens. Acrocarps, however, cannot be accelerated past a certain point.
Converting to moss lawns is becoming more popular with home owners who cannot maintain grass in shady areas. While it is true that moss stays green year-round, is native to your area, and grows in bad soil it does take time and effort to create a moss lawn.
For more information and tips on moss please visit David’s website page that pulls many posts from his blog to cover the basics of moss growing. http://www.mossandstonegardens.com/blog/how-to-grow-moss/
Are you looking to incorporate moss into your landscape? Contact The Nelson Team today at (205) 702-4426 to have one of our designers help you create a moss garden or lawn into your landscape design.
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