Growing moss to walk on for my garden

Joined
Jun 17, 2024
Messages
2
Reaction score
0
Location
Rye, NH
Country
United States
I have a small garden with 3 beds. Pic below

Ik there's a lot of weeds now I have to get them taken care of.
We covered up the bare dirt surrounding the beds with small rocks and I'm starting to fall out of love with them. I had an idea: find a hearty strain of Moss (Irish Moss is my first choice ATM) and let that be what coats the grounds around my beds. I'm making plans to start growing it in my basement with a grow tent and whatever else is needed. I want to plant a thin sheet of moss on some dirt that, once grown, I'll clear space for and put in my garden for it to grow and propagate.

This is my current idea. If you have any tips concerns or comments, please let me know! I'm very new to gardening hardcore, only for the past month.

Thank you!
 

Meadowlark

No N-P-K Required
Joined
Feb 5, 2019
Messages
2,787
Reaction score
2,350
Location
East Texas
Hardiness Zone
old zone 8b/new zone 9a
Country
United States
You would be well advised to do your homework on Irish Moss...before jumping in. Highly invasive.
 

Mystic Moon Tree

Herbalist, Gardener, & Permaculturist
Joined
Jun 20, 2021
Messages
139
Reaction score
55
Location
California
Hardiness Zone
7b to 8 unique microclimate
Country
United States
Out of all the mosses irish & scottish moss can be the most finiky & difficult to grow so you know. So moss is a wonderful ground cover & living mulch that makes for very healthy soil underneath because it protects healthy beneficial soil flora, fauna & micorhysal funguses. It breaks down leaf & other plant debris & turns it into mulch for tree roots. Some can go dormant through the dry season & perk back up in the wet season, but it generally needs a wetter climate to grow well in. It is not a high traffic ground cover. It has soft foot feel, but can only tollerate gentle foot & sitting traffic. So, on your pathways you could do part moss at the edges & a more durrable ground cover at the more sunny center. Most mosses do not like a lot of direct sunlight. They are delicate & damaged easily by raking, etc. You clean them of debris with a leaf blower or gentle sweeping instead to maintain them. Plant them in dappled sunlight or shade where grass has trouble growing, near edges, in between stepping stones, & near tree bases in between their roots. Keep them evenly misted, but not water-logged. They are slow growers like thyme, but will eventually fill in & even can be planted to grow over walls, logs, stones & other items to make interesting shapes. Most are frost hardy. Alternate nice looking designs with moss use stepping stones with moss in between & surounding them. If you wanted to share your general location/climate I could offer specific plant suggestions to try.
 

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments. After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.

Ask a Question

Members online

No members online now.

Forum statistics

Threads
27,425
Messages
261,841
Members
13,967
Latest member
mwrenz68

Latest Threads

Top