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How To Make A Moss Garden In 5 Easy Steps

Gardening is a joy, no matter what you decide to plant. One type of garden that’s easy to grow and maintain is a moss garden. Moss is easy to grow and maintain. Here’s what you need to know.

Pick the right moss for your garden

Picking the right kind of moss is an important step in setting up your moss garden. There are a few types of moss you can choose from, and we recommend acrocarp moss. Acrocarps grows more tightly than other types of moss, which helps prevent the growth of weeds and other unwanted plants. It tends to grow more like a carpet. Pleurocarp moss is another option, but pleurocarps tend to look a bit more like vines.

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Pick the right area for your moss garden

A good way to know if an area is suitable for a moss garden is to see if moss is already growing there. Moss tends to enjoy dank spaces that are mostly shaded (though still getting some sunlight). Moss is able to grow in soil, on rocks, and on logs, making it a versatile type of garden to grow.

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Get your moss garden ready

When preparing to plant your garden, it is important to make sure that the ground is completely cleared of grass, weeds, and other types of plants. The soil should be flat, even, and smoothed out. Ideally, there are no sunken spots or holes in your garden. Once your soil is prepared, you can set about adding logs, stones, and anything else you want your moss to grow over.

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Plant your moss

Depending on where you live, it’s likely best to plant your garden in the spring or fall, when moisture levels tend to be higher and temperatures cooler. Don’t plant your moss if you have experienced frost in your area. It should still be warm during the day but not hot.

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To plant your moss, cut it into clumps, approximately an inch long in each direction, and press the pieces of moss throughout your garden. Once planted, give your new garden a thorough watering.

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Be patient and let it grow

Your moss garden probably won’t grow very quickly. It takes time for moss to get established and begin spreading. So be patient and diligent with your care of moss. Water once per day for the first two to three months after planting your garden, but once established, water less frequently. Be careful to remove any unwanted weeds that spring up in your garden.

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Otherwise, sit back and watch your moss grow!

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Thomas Nelson
Environmental Advocate
Thomas is an environmental advocate currently residing in the Pacific Northwest. In his spare time, he enjoys experiencing the outdoors, raising chickens and ducks, and reading about current environmental issues. Despite slight colorblindness, his favorite color is green.
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