Irish Moss Plant – Growing Irish Moss In the Garden
Irregularly shaped mosses are common in gardens and lawns. They grow naturally without any intervention from man. Irregularly shaped mosses have been used for centuries as natural soil conditioners, making them very useful in creating a healthy garden environment. However, they do not last long if left alone, which is why it is necessary to keep them alive with care and attention.
The following are some tips to make your garden look better:
1) Use regular sized grass clippings instead of irregularly shaped mosses.
Regular size grass clippings will not only provide a nice texture, but also provide enough nutrients for the mosses to survive. You can use these small pieces of grass clippings in place of regular sized mosses when planting them in the garden.
2) When using regular sized mosses, try to avoid planting them too close together.
If you plant them too closely together, they may start competing for space and eventually compete with each other for light. So try to leave at least one inch gap between the mosses when planting them in the garden.
3) To prevent the moss from drying out completely, it is best to water regularly during dry periods.
However, avoid getting the soil too soggy as this can kill the plants. It is best to water in the early mornings or late evenings to allow the soil to dry out a bit between waterings.
4) When planting irregularly shaped mosses, it helps to lay them on top of a thin layer of sand before putting them in place.
This will help to prevent them from sinking into the ground. To prevent them from floating up to the surface, try putting a few small pebbles on top of the sand layer.
5) For best results, you can plant mosses in layers.
Start with a layer of small pebbles, then a layer of sand, then a thin layer of small sized irregularly shaped mosses, then another thin layer of sand and finish it off with a top layer of regular sized irregularly shaped mosses.
6) As mosses come in all different shapes and sizes, it is best to plant them in clusters instead of planting them in a straight line.
By planting them in clusters, it helps to give your garden a natural look.
7) Mosses can help to prevent soil erosion.
So if you are planning to lay a path through a sensitive area in your garden, it might be a good idea to plant mosses along this path instead of using mulch.
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The magical world of moss gardening by A Martin – 2016 – books.google.com
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