Establishing Mosses in Gardens

Moses are a nice addition to many flower gardens and/or landscaped yards.  They are an attractive component of perennial beds, bases of trees and shrubs, rock gardens or even to grass lawns.

Two methods for moss establishment are widely discussed in the literature, transplanting of moss sod or fragments and blending moss fragments in a blender. These methods are mostly anectdotal, with very few controlled experiments or systematic comparisons. Please share your experiences with us.

For lawns and garden beds both the transplanting and blending methods work well.  For rock or wood substrates the blending method is preferred.  Transplanting may offer a "finished" look more rapidly, but it may also require a bit more work.  For the best results we recommend using the transplant method then filling in with blended moss fragments.  For either method the steps to follow are quite similar:

Site selection:

Preparing your site:

Acquiring moss for transplanting or blending:

Planting your moss fragments (transplanting method)

Fill in your fragments with "blended moss":

1. Water and moss alone is typically sufficient for application to soil.
2. Potter's clay mix: 3 parts potter's clay, 1 part fish emulsion fertilizer. This method is suggested for use on clay pots or rock surfaces.
3. Buttermilk and/or egg to the moss fragments. This method also offers "sticking" power for rock or clay surfaces.

Water until moss is well established:

For more on moss gardening see the Recommended Links section.

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