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maze-versailles300 I have paths between sections of my garden, and last year I put gravel on them -- like [no-glossary]Versailles[/no-glossary]! But this year, I noticed some patches of moss growing on the paths where there wasn't gravel, and I thought that mossy paths would be easier on the feet, more pleasing to the eye, and more sustainable.











I've got a lot of moss growing elsewhere on the property, and I'm thinking I could just get a shovel and move it from where it's growing now onto the paths.

But maybe there are issues with that. Has anybody successfully transplanted moss?

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Submitted by Lex on

But yeah, simple transplanting should do the trick. You don't need much from under the surface either.

Scroll down for a moss milkshake recipe if you're so inclined. It might be more successful than transplanting and you can use it to simply cover your existing gravel paths.

Submitted by gmanedit on

It takes care of itself—all it needs is shade and rain—and it's pettable, like a cat. In New York, you see the vivid green growing out of cracks near the curb after a good rainfall.

Should transplant fine. I brought some home from Maine.

True sad story: My fire escape landing has a solid bottom, which over the years had grown itself a moss garden. Workers came to do something to the fire escape, and I asked them to be careful with the moss. They said yes but swept the platform clean. A down-arrow in my Quality of Life index.

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Submitted by Monkeyfister on

I had a bit starting in my Asparagus Raised Bed. When I added an extra 10" of depth to the box on Friday, I gently pulled it up, and set it in a pot of dirt. I plopped in another 32 Asparagus crowns, refilled the bed, planted it with Strawberries, and put the moss back on top. After the weekend rain, it is all doing just fine.

The Asparagus will have no problem growing up through either the lichen or the berries. Both should make good living weed barrier.


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Submitted by cellocat on

transplanting moss has worked well for me. Caveat; if it's used to growing in the shade, putting a section of transplanted moss in full sun usually doesn't work.

I like woolly thyme for paths, too. soft, springy, and more amenable to being stepped on.

Submitted by Lex on

That's a great suggestion for this situation.

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Submitted by quixote on

high traffic places. Not at all. Walk on it in soft shoes, too. Or lightly. It's very easy to smash. If it's kept constantly damp, it can grow in full sun, but it usually can't compete with bigger plants then. Cool, damp, shady, low traffic, and it'll be fine. It has a very shallow "root" system, so it transplants very well if the growing conditions are good in the new place.

Submitted by lambert on

The paths are not heavily trafficked -- Just when I'm weeding or picking. Not like a sidewalk, or a public path.

Here's a thread on it. Sounds like it costs money, though. I already have my moss. I was thinking of leaving the gravel in the high traffic centers, at crossings, and having the moss on the periphery.

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Submitted by whaleshaman on

Saw Dream Window: Reflections on the Japanese Garden on the Smithsonian channel just this weekend [schedule for future viewing at the web link], what follows not quite the quality of the hi-def, but could give you some ideas - the first one that comes to mind: becoming a Zen teacher some day ;-):