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Name: Dana
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bloominholes2fill
Apr 22, 2016 5:52 AM CST
Hello all! I have Irish Moss growing on each side of our pathway, for 3 years now, where it receives about 2 hours of mid afternoon sun. The Irish Moss has been thriving, until now....

This 2015/2016 Winter season was unseasonably mild, here in northeast Ohio, and the Irish Moss is now nearly completely died back! It is evergreen and hardy in zone 6a, so I'm not sure if it's diseased or perhaps this occurs every few years and it will bounce back (?)

I'm new here, and I can't seem to get any photos uploaded...

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks,
Dana
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XiaoLong
Apr 23, 2016 10:21 AM CST
Hello Dana. Actually i live in tropic and i dont know much about irish moss ( is it Sagina subulata ?). Sorry to hear them died back.

I though that evergreen plant will do not do that 3 year life cycle. If they can pass 3 years without any problem they should do for another years too. Maybe its because of desease or too much period of wet feet ? You can take some photos or twigs and ask your local nursery.

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Name: Evan
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eclayne
Apr 25, 2016 8:56 AM CST

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Hope is not lost, it may just be sleeping Dana. My Irish Moss (Sagina subulata) usually looks dead at this time of year and it hasn't woken up yet. Time will tell.

What happens when you select Upload an image?
Evan
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Apr 25, 2016 10:27 AM CST
I agree Not all is lost. Mine is just greening up also.

After you select "Upload a Photo", you have to browse for your photo and say "open". It takes a minute or so to upload and then there is only gobbly-goop but if you press "Preview", all will become clear. Smiling

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Name: Dana
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bloominholes2fill
Apr 25, 2016 6:16 PM CST
Thanks Evan and Daisy...I'll be patient with my Irish moss! Smiling

Yes, I select " Upload an image" and nothing happens... zip, nada, crickets. It doesn't even take me to the next window to browse my files. Although, I discovered, in the blog, that I needed to upload the photo first, before adding any text...so perhaps there's a sequence that needs to be done as a rule. Shrug!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Apr 25, 2016 7:28 PM CST
Hmmm... Maybe you will have to ask Dave. He's been dealing with some weird things today.
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Name: Dana
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bloominholes2fill
Apr 26, 2016 8:24 AM CST
Okay. I'll check into it!
Thanks!
Thank You!
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Dana
Name: Dana
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bloominholes2fill
May 15, 2016 11:18 PM CST
Well, I've concluded that my Irish Moss is mostly dead! It is pictured between the Blue Mouse Ears Hosta and the Cardinal Flower rosettes, in the narrow planting borders against the kennel and the house, and there is only one small patch that came back this year! In spite of the numerous pathway design flaws that will be reconciled, I felt it necessary to include photos (I have no pride! Rolling on the floor laughing lol! don't judge me!) to show the environment in which the Irish Moss was thriving for three years.

I designed and built this entire pathway to solve a problem with rain runoff from a very low pitch shed roof above, and to redirect the main roof downspout underground, away from the neighbor's drive, and to our back yard. I won't bore you all with the details of the entire design, but essentially, I installed a french drain / dry-well drainage system under the entire length of the pathway, and it passed the test from numerous 20 minute torrential downpours without a problem throughout the months of May and June of 2015! The narrow planting borders between the house and kennel are also designed with good drainage under quality loamy soil that drains well, while holding just the right amount of moisture for plant material to survive.

The Irish moss was planted three years ago, and it was thriving quite well, even through the downpours, and it grew beautifully to spill over the edging up to late winter of 2016. Typically, it would brown out a little in the Winter until new Spring growth appears, but it completely died off sometime before this Spring of 2016, and I'm very perplexed!

I prefer to use ground cover in the pathway planting borders to keep mulch out of the gravel pathway surface....daggone critters! So does anyone have suggestions on very low replacement ground cover for an area that receives only two hours of hot afternoon sun? I would like to use Elfin Thyme, but I don't think that it will get enough sun to survive........ Confused
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Dana

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