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  • Carpet Moss can be found and grown in virtually any zone and condition.
Carpet moss is rootless plants.

    Carpet Moss


    Carpet moss can be found and grown in virtually any zone and any condition.  Bloom Season - Carpet mosses that can bloom will do so from early summer, all the way up until the first frost (July thru early / mid-November)  Bloom...

  • Cushion moss will need to be watered often if the air is dry
Cushion moss is usually found in dry soil.

    Cushion Moss


    Cushion moss grows best in hardy zones 3-9   Bloom Color – It has seldom seen reddish-brown capsules that ripen in autumn. Height at Maturity – The dense clumps grow about 10 cm tall with a diameter ranging between several...

  • Fan clubmoss is also called Running Cedar and Ground cedar. Fan Clubmoss grows well in zones 4-9.

    Fan Clubmoss


    Fan Clubmoss - Running Cedar   Hardy Planting Zones -4 through 9  Bloom Season - Summer  Bloom Color - None  Height at Maturity - Less than six inches  Soil Type Preferred - Well drained acidic...

  • Fern Moss is an easy growing moss.
Fern Moss is low maintenance option for your garden.

    Fern Moss


      Fern moss has an appealing texture and looks like the miniature version of a fern.  However, some fern moss grows to be quite large. The plant grows in several countries and thrives best in rocky areas with shade, damp woodlands, and...

  • Garden moss is a thick and lush growing moss.
Garden moss grows best in shade areas.

    Garden Moss


    Garden Moss  Garden moss can grow in the USDA plant hardiness zones 3-9.  This means garden moss can grow in almost every area of the continental United States and parts of Hawaii. Certain types of moss can handle being in a hardiness zone as...

  • Ground Fern Moss  reach a maximum length of between 3 inches and 3.5 inches Ground Fern Moss  reach a maximum length of between 3 inches and 3.5 inches

    Ground Fern Moss


    Hardy Planting Zone- 3-9  Bloom Season - none  Bloom Color - none  Height at Maturity – 3 to 4 inches  Soil Type Preferred- high-moisture, low pH  Sun or Shade – partial...

  • Peat Moss Peat moss is a good shade growing moss.

    Peat Moss


    Hardy Planting Zone- Peat moss grows best in USDA climate zone 3- 9 Height at Maturity – The moss plant can grow 6 inches high with a 3-inch width Soil Type Preferred- Does well in wet soil  Sun or Shade – Grows well in low...

  • Rock Cap Moss is clumping thick moss.
Rock Cap Moss uses its leaves to absorb water and nutrients

    Rocky Cap Moss


    Rock cap moss is a type of moss that is commonly found in the Northern hemisphere.   Places like North America, Mexico, New Zealand, and even Australia are where rock cap moss can be found. Rock cap moss is a beautiful, dark green plant found on...

  • Sheet moss  is a versatile plant species that provides a unique form of ground cover that adds a whimsical and charming appearance to your woodland garden setting. Sheet moss can survive in acidic soils in which most other plants cannot survive.

    Sheet Moss


    Sheet Moss    Hardy Planting Zone- Sheet moss cultivates well in USDA hardiness zones 3-9 Height at Maturity – The height of a mature moss ranges between 6 and 24 inches, with a 4 to 36-inch width Soil Type Preferred- Thrives in...

  • Sphagnum Peat Moss Sphagnum Peat Moss can survive in any environment.

    Sphagnum Peat Moss


    Hardy Planting Zone-Native to wetlands in the northern hemisphere, the sphagnum moss is a hardy plant. This species of moss typically grows in bogs or wetland areas. Add sphagnum peat moss to any plant's soil to enrich soil nutrient and water content...

  • Terrarium Moss

    Terrarium Moss


    Terrarium moss is commonly grown and harvested from the wet and woodsy outdoors.   It does not have a hardy plant zone because of its wild nature. Moss is a bryophyte which means it is a non-vascular land plant. It does not have vessels within it...

  • Thudium Moss is also known as Fern Moss
Thudium Moss is best grown in zones 3-8

    Thudium Moss


    Thudium moss is a stunning green color and is under 3 feet at maturity.  However, the plant can grow up to one foot in 12 months. The moss grows best when grown in hardiness zones 3-9 and is an ideal ground cover. The plant stems are about 3.5...

How Moss Is Good For Moist Areas In Landscaping

Do you have an area within your property that is always damp? This moist area might have more water than you'd like. Wouldn't it be great if you could naturally remove some of the water from the soil to help prevent drowning out other plants in the same area? With moss, all of that is possible. When it comes to moist places on your property, moss is a fantastic option. Here are some of the significant benefits of moss for damp areas around your property.

Moss Absorbs Moisture Well

Moss thrives in areas that are moist and not in direct sunlight. It's best to think of moss-like nature's sponge. It can absorb an impressive amount of water. Moss can pull in 10 times its weight in water. This way, if you want other plants to thrive in a typically saturated area on your property, the inclusion of moss will help remove some of the water, so the root systems of your other plants are not over-exposed to the water.

Requires Little To No Maintenance

You can spend an entire day tending even a tiny garden. Moss lets you take a bit of a break. Moss needs next to no maintenance to grow and thrive. As long as it is out of direct sunlight and the ground remains damp, it will grow. And even if it doesn't rain for some time, the moss will remain vibrant. Because it's a smaller plant, it doesn't need much water to live off of, and it can use the moisture it has absorbed for extended periods. In some ways, it's like a landscaping camel. It will pull in the water when it's there and then live off what it absorbed when it doesn't rain.

Removes Chemicals From The Soil

It is a good idea to perform a nutrient test on your land's soil. Depending on where you live, there is a chance you might find trace chemicals in the soil. That is even more likely if you live near older factories or abandoned production plants. It can often take years, if not decades, to entirely rid the soil of chemicals absorbed into the ground. Moss can help with this. Mosses will help pull the chemicals out of the earth and prevent other plants from taking the substances in (which is especially important if you're thinking about growing a garden on your property). Plus, because moss overgrows in moist areas, you can replace the moss that has absorbed some of the soil's chemicals with new moss. That is why moss is often used to help purify the soil.

Moss Gardens May Be The Answer

These are just some of the many advantages moss presents to you within moist areas of any property. If you're looking for a comfortable, natural fix for landscaping areas that are constantly moist (such as the bottom of a hill in the shade), you need to consider adding moss to your property.

There are many benefits to incorporating different strains of mosses into your garden. Mosses require minimal maintenance and provide a soft, cushioned landscape for yourself and your family. These beautiful, intensely green species can transform a grassy area in desperate need of attention into a veritable wonderland of nature. Perhaps the soil in your area is too acidic for the lush, verdant yard of your dreams, or perhaps you enjoy the shade cast by your massive oak trees too much to cut them down and give the grass more sunlight. Either way, if the grass is not producing the yard you want, mosses may be your answer.


Selecting the Right Moss for the Job

There are around twelve thousand moss species in the world, and many of them are difficult to identify without the aid of a microscope and years of experience. Carpet Moss, genus Hypnum, is used to refer to about eighty species of mosses. These tend to favor decaying wood in well-hydrated areas. Sheet moss, Hypnum curvifolium, is one of these types of carpet moss, which describes how the moss grows outwardly in dense mats of brilliant green to cover large landscapes. These are typically used in most moss gardens.


Planning (and Planting) Your Moss

Mosses appear naturally in landscapes that are more favorable to moss growth than grass growth. If your yard is naturally conducive to mosses – with plenty of shade and water – cultivating what is already there could benefit your gardening plans. If you would instead transplant a few species from your local wooded areas, mosses can be easily removed and rehomed in your yard. As mosses do not have root systems that anchor the organism to the ground like grasses, they are easily excavated by hand or by trowel and replanted as you see fit.

The remaining grass will have to be removed down to the root lest it competes with your transplanted mosses. Once the mosses are placed, either in long sheets or small sections, the moss will take over, provided the environment is amenable. Checking the amount of water and shade in a given area is paramount, and maintaining the proper pH level will ensure a wild growth of moss. Mosses reproduce via spores, not seeds, and these spores can be carried by wind or rain to new areas and eventually cover the entire landscape.


Maintaining Your Moss Garden

If mosses have occurred naturally in your garden or yard, then maintenance might not be much of an issue. The preconditions for moss growth are water and shade – if your landscape already possesses those, then half the work is done. If you have used mostly transplanted mosses, then some light watering may be necessary. Over-treading and fallen leaves and limbs can also worry transplanted moss; mosses gather water directly from rain and water vapor. Anything that prevents that, such as a covering of fall leaves, could cause problems. Aside from the occasional weeding, your moss garden will thrive.