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2021-12-01 3:38:42 PM  
I am going to try and cultivate  some moss over the winter into some sort of mat of moss I can use as ground cover in the spring.

/I shall name it: Matmos.
 
2021-12-01 4:22:57 PM  
The trick up here in Seattle is to build a roof. Guaranteed moss.
 
2021-12-01 4:27:48 PM  
This has worked for me.

Ingredients
Existing sample moss from a yard or a garden store. It can be dead or alive.
Equal parts buttermilk and water
Tools
blender
paintbrush (optional)
Instructions
1.Measure two cups of water and two cups of buttermilk.
2.Pour both into the blender.
3.Top with moss to fill the blender.
4.Blend until you have a milkshake consistency. You want the existing moss to separate.

Just keep in mind, at least where I live, there are mosses that grow on rocks and mosses that grow in dirt.  I prefer the ones that grow in dirt.  Of course they like moist shady areas, not full sun.  Some really like to grow by dead wood.  I just add some woody material to the dirt before I plant it.

I also like Irish Moss, it grows well for me:
It comes in dark and light colors.

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Gets the cutest little flowers:
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Ant
2021-12-01 4:34:43 PM  
I farking hate grass and lawns. We have a 10' x 15' lawn in our 10,000 sqft yard so the dog has a place to shiat. The rest is gravel with tons of planter boxes filled with flowers and vegetables/fruits. No grass at all in the front yard, just ground cover plants and small bushes
 
2021-12-01 4:58:48 PM  

crzybtch: Gets the cutest little flowers:


That looks like some kind of Lippia - I saw a beautiful lawn grown with that (a branded variety called Kurapia) that was billed as low-water. They did say the bees are a problem, if you actually intend to enjoy the law yourself.
 
2021-12-01 5:16:33 PM  
I like moss.
 
2021-12-01 6:47:49 PM  

crzybtch: 1.Measure two cups of water and two cups of buttermilk.


First, thank you very much for your recipe. I am going to try it.

However, I'm worried that the buttermilk will attract mold before moss. Have you had any problems along those lines? What did you do to fix it if you did? Also, how fast did your moss grow?
 
2021-12-01 6:55:01 PM  
If experience has taught me anything, the best way to grow moss is to try to eradicate it.
 
2021-12-01 7:05:38 PM  

We Ate the Necco Wafers: If experience has taught me anything, the best way to grow moss is to try to eradicate it.


If I could have an all moss lawn, I would. But I live in a #4 climate, so that's not going to happen without a wooded lot... (which I would like to obtain some day... after I win the lottery).

But moss is awesome. Soooooo low maintenance. You are not going to ever have to use a lawn mower. Covers the ground. Looks like something out of a Japanese Karate flick.

What's not to like?
 
2021-12-01 7:10:07 PM  
(I'd love to cultivate lichen, but that grows way to slow to be of any use to me)
 
2021-12-01 7:22:16 PM  

Destructor: We Ate the Necco Wafers: If experience has taught me anything, the best way to grow moss is to try to eradicate it.

If I could have an all moss lawn, I would. But I live in a #4 climate, so that's not going to happen without a wooded lot... (which I would like to obtain some day... after I win the lottery).

But moss is awesome. Soooooo low maintenance. You are not going to ever have to use a lawn mower. Covers the ground. Looks like something out of a Japanese Karate flick.

What's not to like?


I've got zones 5-7 in my yard. Even have a few things growing that belong in 9-10.
Hot full sun, dry shade, bright,warm moist filtered shade... Took me several years to figure out where things would work. Then it all changed up after all the trees we planted matured and we had to take a few olds out.
Then the mild winter/harsh winter messes it all up every other year or so.
Keeps things interesting.
Some weird micro-climate action here.

Buttermilk slurry? I think my dogs would be lapping that up if I spread it around.
 
2021-12-01 8:35:38 PM  
I have a totally redundant driveway that I've been thinking about mossing it over.
 
2021-12-02 4:55:36 AM  
Or live in a place that has no lawn to waste your time and money on
 
2021-12-02 2:32:31 PM  

Pinner: Buttermilk slurry? I think my dogs would be lapping that up if I spread it around.


Shamrock shake of moss is what I'm shooting for. I will experiment this weekend.
 
2021-12-02 4:24:51 PM  

Destructor: crzybtch: 1.Measure two cups of water and two cups of buttermilk.

First, thank you very much for your recipe. I am going to try it.

However, I'm worried that the buttermilk will attract mold before moss. Have you had any problems along those lines? What did you do to fix it if you did? Also, how fast did your moss grow?


I have used beer as well.  I do put less buttermilk than the recipe says, more like a third.  No mold problems though.  Moss take some time to grow.  If you want fast moss, buy Irish Moss.

If you have any areas with moss, you can just pick clumps and transport them, as long as it is shady and a bit damp, it should do fine.  I have just taken moss and cut it up and laid pieces on the dirt and it has spread by itself.  It likes nice dark soil, no clay, no sand.

Here is another recipe without buttermilk:

Several handfuls of native moss (separated as much as possible from the soil)
12 oz. can of beer
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender until the mixture liquefies. Use a brush to paint the mixture onto the desired surface. Spray your new moss garden daily with water as it grows - moss thrives when moist.
 
2021-12-02 9:05:39 PM  

crzybtch: If you have any areas with moss, you can just pick clumps and transport them, as long as it is shady and a bit damp, it should do fine. I have just taken moss and cut it up and laid pieces on the dirt and it has spread by itself. It likes nice dark soil, no clay, no sand.


I cannot convey how grateful I am for this information. Let's just say: Very.

Well, as it turns out, I have a lot of moss growing out in my completely neglected landscaping. So, that's what I intend to use. I actually do not own, nor ever intend to own, a blender. So, I'll just have to do all the mixing by hand. But besides that, I'll give your recipe a shot tomorrow (Friday! Yay!!!)

It seems moss likes slightly acidic soil. So, I'm getting the utility of buttermilk and beer. That makes sense. But, I'll try buttermilk because this is not the first time I've seen this recommendation.

Anyway, again: Thanks!!!
 
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