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Name: Abbey
Eastern New York State (Zone 6a)
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Garden10
Apr 20, 2017 12:42 PM CST
I just found a patch of blue moss, which I didn't even know existed until now, out back among all the green moss and Dutchman's breeches and tiny maple seedlings -- thousands and thousands of maple seedlings. I really don't like traditional lawns for myself, but can't go the wildflower-high grass route, and while researching blue moss, I came across an article in Southern Living, which was halfway to useless but apparently this moss lawn is A Thing. Anyone have any experience with this, advice, it seems like the smart thing to do, because mowing the front of my property is no big deal, the room is in the back. I have a lot of shade that's just dead clay, earth and rocks. As always, very grateful for any insights Thank You!
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Name: Elena
NYC (Zone 7a)
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bxncbx
Apr 20, 2017 1:01 PM CST
Abbey I saw a program on TV a few years ago about this. I love moss (I have a small patch) but from what they said it seemed like a long and expensive proposition to grow a halfway decent moss lawn. The pictures they showed were absolutely gorgeous (to me) but it required a lot of work. I think they suggested hiring companies that put down patches of moss (like sodding a lawn) and come back on a regular basis to maintain it. Trying to grow one on your own would probably take a really long time. I can't say I've ever seen a company offering to do this in NY but then again, I've never looked.
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
Apr 20, 2017 1:09 PM CST
http://www.mossacres.com
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Apr 20, 2017 1:24 PM CST
My son is going to try to just transplant the moss that grows in his lawn into a recently dug garden bed under two Japanese maples and a lilac. He will then come down to our place and dig out a couple large boulders from our woods for the same bed. I'll let you know how that works out for him.
He is trying for a nice look on a budget. Seems like it should work. I've planted both Irish and Scotch mosses and haven't had great luck with either one - they grew OK for a couple seasons then fried (too much sun I guess).
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Name: Abbey
Eastern New York State (Zone 6a)
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Garden10
Apr 20, 2017 5:34 PM CST
Hi Deb, yes, please let me know how it works out for him. He'll pull off a great look on a budget -- money's no match for creativity and a strong back! Smiling

Hey Elena, I could never afford to have someone do it anyway, I have a lot of existing moss in the back, I have a lot of trees, but there is grass and right now, all those bloody maple seedlings, the whole property looks like a wind farm for ants! I'm concerned that having it mowed might hurt it, I have to use a service and they use riding mowers. I haven't any choice there. So far, it seems that people who order it and plant it really don't have much luck with it, and it's not cheap. Perhaps if I move some around the perimeter of the property, it will grow together. It also cuts down on ticks, which is HUGE for me. Still can't get over the blue moss, I though someone had thrown something over the fence Shrug!
"Every now and then I leave the book on the seat and go and have a refreshing potter among my flower beds from which I return greatly benefited, and with a more just conception of what is worth bothering about, and what is not." The Solitary Summer -- Elizabeth von Arnim

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