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The Benefits of Moss in Your Landscape

Moss is a soft, lush, bright green plant that grows where lawns won't, making it a natural fill-in for hard-to-cover spots like areas surrounding trees, pools or overhangs. Here are several more benefits moss can bring to your landscape.

Perennial Ground Cover

Aside from thriving in damp areas, moss grows well in acidic soils and compacted soils. In these environments, moss becomes the perfect perennial ground cover. From afar, moss takes on a velvety, green appearance. A close-up reveals detailed branches and leaf-like stems that yield soft, miniature blossoms in the spring. Most mosses rarely achieve heights greater than several inches. Acrocarp mosses grow in clumping, erect habits while pleurocarp mosses typically sprawl and often take on a familiar, carpet-like appearance.

Even in winter months, moss retains a greenish hue. During lush parts of the season, they are bright green and far outshine any nearby, traditional lawns. During winter months, mosses take on olive-drab tones and do a fine job of preventing soil erosion in otherwise bare areas. Mosses' cold tolerance varies between species but will range anywhere between zones 4-10. Regardless of climate, expect your new moss lawn to take a few growing seasons to cover your entire area.

Low Maintenance

While traditional grass requires mowing, fertilizing, full sun and consistent irrigation, a moss lawn is relatively low-maintenance. If it is naturally suited to your environment then there's no need to improve the soil with fertilizers or irrigate with any kind of regularity. All that is required is the occasional removal of twigs and branches. Some species require a greater amount of water during transplanting, but once established water needs are low.

Mosses are often used as ground cover in Japanese gardens, water gardens, rain gardens and natural woodsy setting where they create a soft, lush ambiance.