So is moss a good thing? Or a bad thing?
There’s been a little back and forth on this recently on The Home Depot’s Community Forums, with some handy tips not only on how to remove moss, but also how to encourage the growth of moss.
It started when Forum associate LawnRanger mentioned in his post, Get the Moss Out, that he’d been getting questions from Community members about how to get rid of moss from lawns and patios. “Moss is nice and green, but as with all weeds, if it is in the wrong place, it has to be removed,” LawnRanger astutely pointed out.
He’s right, of course. A mossy deck doesn’t look so nice, and it can be slippery. Moss on a brick wall or on the side of a brick home can spoil the look of a manicured garden. In a lawn, moss can ruin the carpet of green that many lawn lovers try to achieve.
LawnRanger recommended two products to control moss: Moss Out, a granular treatment you apply to moss when the moss is wet; and Worry-Free Moss & Algae Control, which is an environmentally-friendly formula with citrus oil. You attach a bottle to your garden hose and give your mossy patio, deck or fence a spray.
But Forum associate BostonRoots in her online reply, Bring on the Moss, puts in a good word for the “rootless vegetation,” as she calls it. For her, it’s not a matter of how to remove moss, but how to encourage it.
She writes quite lyrically about the mossy back yard of her youth:
“There was one section that was always green and lush. A tiny portion, at the foot of a crimson king maple. Moss grew thick in the creases and crevasses around the massive trunk, and exposed chunky root system. I could always count on that spot to be cool, and soft under my toes.”
OK. So maybe we need to reconsider the need to eradicate ALL moss.
Moss certainly can be very desirable, depending on where it is, and on the look (and feel) you want for your garden. “Moss is timeless, it can make new things look old, it adds life to inanimate objects,” BostonRoots says.
She describes how to paint pottery, concrete or stone with a buttermilk- or yogurt-based concoction that will encourage the growth of moss. Take a look at her post on the Forums for the recipe.
If you have questions, either about how to remove moss, or how to encourage it, LawnRanger and BostonRoots will be pleased to advise you. And if you’d just like to tell your story about why you love (or hate) moss, we’d love to hear from you, too. That’s exactly the kind of discussion you’ll see every day on the Home Depot Forums.
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Bottom photo: (cc) skyehopper