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Moss: Low-Maintenance Green for Your Yard

More and more gardeners are exploring the possibilities offered by moss. It is commonly used in rock garden design, in conjunction with water gardens, ponds, or ferns. And it is often utilized in that shady spot where grass won’t grow. When people think of green lawns, most will envision a thick carpet of grass covering their yards. But watering restrictions, sunlight availability and maintenance requirements can make mosses a good choice. It is becoming increasingly desirable as a low-maintenance alternative to grass. Grass lawns need a lot of water and sunlight. This does not. If you have a lot of trees, mosses will thrive correctly in a shady garden. Grass will not. And grass lawns require far more maintenance.

Mosses come in various shapes and forms

Topiary is commonly used in sculptures. This variety has no roots at all; it grows on oxygen alone. Hair Cap has a unique appearance and is taller than most other mosses. Sheet Moss has a medium green color and becomes low to the ground, allowing it to be used around and in between pavers or stepping stones.

Moss Is Versitle, Easy To Grow and Super Easy In Install

Moss in Landscaping

Soft, lush, and pleasantly green, moss is an excellent plant to include in landscaping. Available in some varieties, several features make moss a natural choice for any lawn or garden enthusiast. 


Moss is one of the most low-maintenance plants gardeners can find. Moisture is necessary of course, but moss absorbs water through its leaves. And most types don't need a lot of sunlight. Most species of moss grow easily in places too shady or too packed for grass or other ground cover plants. And planting it is easy: no need to stir up the soil first. Rocky environments can easily support moss as long as there is some dirt. Planting can be started with a small piece of moss. Merely place the moss on the soil and let it spread. Moss can be carefully separated and spread out to allow for more even ground coverage. Just a few well-placed squares of moss can transform a dirt yard into a vibrant paradise in a matter of a little time, with little human interference. 


Not only is moss natural to plant, but it benefits its environment. This tiny, rootless plant does more than its unassuming appearance might suggest. Its low-lying, clinging nature help prevent soil erosion. These same features help keep more water in the dirt, suggesting that moss is an excellent companion plant for some. Not least is the unique appearance and feel of moss. Soft and springy, it is a delight to the senses. 



There are thousands of types of moss. Their features range from flat to round in appearance. Some sports red or rust-colored threads in autumn, while others fade in color if they become too dry. Some types are ideally suited for foot traffic and thrive between paving stones. Others provide exciting texture and patterns. And a few varieties even flourish in drier climates than most of their relatives.