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Mad About Moss—The Simple Art of Moss Gardening

Joni Blackburn was the copy editor at BBG.


  • Lynne June 25, 2019

    I am fortunate to have moved into a log cabin in the woods with beautiful moss covering most of the outside area! I am concerned about how to keep the leaves and fallen debris off of it though. I see you mentioned a soft brush, but I have A LOT of gorgeous moss and cannot imagine doing this. I was searching for some type of special rake or something, with no luck. Any suggestions? By the way, I can’t stand to disturb it and spend much time patting down any little spots that somehow become disturbed. I may be a fanatic!! Lol.

  • Kristie April 15, 2018

    Moss gardens are so simple and can be used in so many decorative and beneficial ways to keep plants moderately saturated. Gotta always start with a good foundation, then you can grow from there.

  • Pam September 3, 2017

    How can moss be maintained in midwestern winters?

  • Chris January 18, 2017

    I have a 500-sq-foot moss garden that I encouraged in a shady area where mosses had begun to invade the lawn. Once I removed the grasses and weeds the moss spread rather quickly. The main problem I deal with is birds digging up the moss, especially during the winter. This year I covered a large part of the moss with black 3/4-inch mesh plastic deer netting to deter digging. So far it has helped a lot. If you try this, be sure to pin down low spots and secure all the edges firmly to prevent debris from being carried under the net. Netted areas are harder to clean but the digging has been greatly reduced. I found cheap netting online and use inexpensive floral pins that come in packs of 100+ for about $1. Both are holding up very well.

  • Mickey White October 21, 2016

    I have a moss backyard; however, something is digging up the moss. Has anyone had this problem and hopefully a solution?

  • Joni Blackburn, BBG Staff September 1, 2015

    Hi, Kathleen: There’s no reason not to repurpose your roof moss—glad to hear it’s thriving in your garden!

  • Kathleen Janssen August 28, 2015

    Thank you for this article. I found it on my way to find out if the moss I have removed from my roof could be repurposed for a moss garden or lawn replacement. You did not mention it specifically. I have been experimenting with it and it seems to be flourishing in my garden, blooming from rough little clumps into a feather green carpet. I was just wondering if there is any reason not to use roof moss.

  • Carol DePaul July 4, 2015

    Great article. I tried 15 years ago to start a moss garden. This has rekindled my love and I’m ready to try again. Your writing encourages me.

  • Lola lea May 3, 2015

    I have a 70 lb German shepherd dog. I would love to have a moss garden/moss lawn but the area cannot be off limits to the dog. Are dog and moss compatible? I live on the coast of Maine

  • Darlene July 21, 2011

    Thank you for this article! I just purchased 150 acres of wooded property in NC, it has streams and waterfalls, I hated the thought of planting ‘grass’ around the home! I had thought of moss but was a little nervous,, now I’m more confident about it, moss it is!

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