The Advantages of Planting Mosses
Mosses play an essential role in the ecosystem, and that is reflected by the role they play in the garden. Adding moss to a garden will create a carpet that will act as a nutrient-rich barrier to soil erosion, help prevent excess water from being lost during dry periods, and keep seeds from nearby plants and trees from being washed away while also providing them with the perfect conditions and food to optimize growth.
In addition to conserving water and helping to prevent erosion, other advantages of growing mosses include filtering rainwater, sequestering carbon, and cleaning up oils, detergents, and dyes.
Moss gardening helps make a landscape sustainable and eco-friendly, helping to eliminate the need for poisons and chemicals to control pests or fertilize plants, instead of taking care of those tasks naturally. Fertilizers that release nitrogen into the soil could end up being harmful to the delicate balance of a moss garden's ecosystem, interfering with the moss's natural ability to consume tiny dust particles.
Moss gardens encourage the presence of beneficial insects as well as salamanders and frogs which helps to keep other unwanted pests under control, reducing or eliminating the need for chemical pesticides.
Another advantage of planting mosses is that they can help reduce air pollution. Every part of a yard that is covered with moss instead of grass is a part that doesn't have to be mowed, cutting down on the harmful gases and fumes released by gasoline-powered lawnmowers and weed eaters.
Mosses can also help with water conservation. Although they do need to be watered regularly, a rainwater collection system coupled with a misting irrigation system should be enough for most moss varieties to thrive in the home garden.
All of these advantages and more make moss gardening a relaxing, rewarding and responsible way to go green and transform a home garden into a self-contained, sustainable ecosystem.