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The use of moss varieties in landscaping and shade gardens proves appealing. It infuses lush greenery in spaces that might otherwise resist plant life. Types such as carpet moss, cushion moss, and hair cap moss rank among the more popular options because they can be strategically integrated to complete gardens and underserved spaces.
If you are a home or commercial property owner struggling to enhance a shaded area, moss may be the best solution. We hope that by understanding the benefits of moss and how popular options can function on your property, you can make informed decisions about planting moss.
Benefits of Integrating Moss into Shaded Areas
The fact moss requires extraordinarily little maintenance and care makes it a go-to option in sometimes barren areas. Moss typically requires little, if any, watering, which means property owners won't experience high usage bills. Hardy and healthy moss can thrive in wide-reaching environments and under less-than-enviable soil conditions. And while moss seems like a simple plant-it-and-forget-it solution, the following benefits make its use even more appealing.
- Drought Resistant: When significant water shortages and droughts occur, property owners may not have the capacity to maintain healthy plants. Although several species of plants may die off, moss resists drought well. In worst-case scenarios, moss typically bounces back once it rains.
- Green Friendly: Moss beds do not require fertilizers or supplements for them to flourish.
- Erosion: Because moss tends to cover areas where other plants might not succeed, it sometimes blankets vulnerable landscapes. Moss acts as a natural defense in the event of heavy rains and flash flooding.
- Clean Water: When pollutants become entangled in the environment, moss can help filter them out before entering underground aquifers. That means moss helps protect everyday people from tainted drinking water.
- Carbon Health: Moss growths absorb carbon from the air and promote fresh, breathable oxygen.
Home and commercial property owners with an eye toward environmentally-friendly practices often find these and other moss benefits encouraging. They provide everyday people added reasons to beautiful landscapes using moss.
Popular Moss Options for Shade Gardens
Unlike other strategically used perennials, moss can act as a lawn and cover large swaths of land. They can also complement other assets in gardens that receive little sunlight. Many home gardeners and landscaping professionals plant moss under trees or deep woodsy areas. These three moss types rank among the popular options.
- Carpet Moss: The name reflects precisely why this type remains a go-to asset. Carpet moss can be deployed to cover large areas that receive little direct sunlight. Carpet moss enhances otherwise brown unhealthy areas of a property.
- Cushion Moss: This type of moss appears spongy and a preferred type in small shade gardens. Cushion moss works as an excellent garden accent and companion to other shade plants.
- Hair Cap Moss: This variety can grow to heights of up to two feet. It delivers lush greenery in shaded areas. Hair Cap Moss often proves an invaluable gardening and landscaping solution.
These popular options highlight why homeowners and landscapers select healthy and hardy mosses to complete gardens and landscapes. Contact our nursery about our complete inventory or to answer any questions about moss.
Moss is the perfect staple for shaded areas in landscaping. Its lush evergreen appearance also makes it a perfect plant to control weeds.
Topiary Moss - Bryophyta
It has graced many classic English gardens, and today, Topiary Moss remains a beautiful and enduring accent to one's rich landscape design. The moss comes from the large Bryophyta family and is often used to create unique, growing moss sculptures. The hardy plant can tough it out in inclement weather, so the planting zones aren't generally a problem, even where cold temperatures and precipitation occur. The experts advise zones 4 - 8, however, for optimum results. Topiary Moss can provide a gorgeous green blanket of beauty and, when fully grown, can achieve a lush thickness of up to two feet. The planting rules are simple; Topiary Moss requires plenty of shade to thrive in and will need some attention with watering until the plant establishes itself in its new home. Other than that, you can marvel at its old-world beauty and the stunning ornamental ideas you can create for your landscape design. Topiary Moss doesn't need a babysitter. The Bryophyta family moss is quite versatile in its unique characteristics, mainly because of its shallow roots. Topiary Moss does not require weeding or other time-consuming tasks, and it's not picky about soil conditions. You can water the plant with a toy squirt gun, and it will appreciate any form of nourishment that comes it is away. Lush, green Topiary Moss has been blessed with longevity, even during scorching, dry summer months. A lot of people design impressive sculptures by selecting an animal frame, for example. These frames are often made with chicken wire and then covered with the Topiary Moss. Some familiar Topiary Moss shapes include elephants, deer or bears, dogs, and even fantastical creatures like unicorns or dinosaurs from eons ago. The sky's the limit on what you can transform your moss plant into. Topiary Moss is sold and shipped as a bare-root plant and available in square feet for coverage areas.