The Q&A Archives: Growing Moss

Question: I would like information on growing a hardy soft walkable moss for rock gardens and paths.

Answer: In many cases, a moss will naturally invade an area if it is suitable for moss. In other instances, you might need to introduce one. This can be done by locating a moss that grows naturally in a similar location (similar in terms of exposure to sun and wind, moisture including rain and runoff, and soil type including pH and fertility level)and importing small bits of it to serve as starts. Some gardeners will use buttermilk or yoghurt as a base and mix into it small bits of moss, then pour the concoction over the intended area. Other gardeners will simply press the new moss gently in place where it is to grow. If well suited, the moss will spread slowly but surely throughout the area. If not well suited, it will die.

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