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Growing live moss in your garden as mulch

 
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I found this post but it was using moss as defense against slugs: https://permies.com/t/56307/moss-mulch

No reply to there, but I was thinking this otherwise, that you could use it as mulch.

It will use some of the water, but also I think it will be good that the soil breathes: so it will let the air exchange also under the moss.

But also, it will help to keep the moisture longer as moss is like a sponge, so when it rains it will also release the water to the ground a little bit when it gets dryer.

Also I think it would improve the microbes activity in soil and provide good place for bugs to live.

Has anyone cultivated live moss with plants, using it as mulch?

I am planning to do hugelkulture beds this spring, and was thinking that when the moss grows a blanket on the bed, it will help to make the soil more steady in case of heavy rain.

Also I think they are good biological filter, so the pollution from rainwater would not go directly to the soil, but has to first pass through the moss-layer.

Some links:

"Mosses obtain all their nutrients from the air rather than the soil, which is why it is able to grow on rocks!"

http://www.thegardenhelper.com/mosscare.html

More on permies:

https://permies.com/t/13614/sculpture/art/Moss-art

https://permies.com/t/12289/Spanish-Moss-Tea-good-fertilizer

https://permies.com/t/33/Moss-propagation
 
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Not on purpose.. but the bit of garden that is still 'lawn' is almost entirely moss, rather than grass.

I do on-purpose grow moss on a shaded shed roof, periodically I harvest it to make terrariums and suchlike. I just put wood on the roof to hold some 'media'- which was old potting soil and sand, put moss on it and put bean netting on top to keep it in place. The moss grows and I can take handfulls when I need it. I water it in the summer- it grows faster this way, it wouldn't die if I didn't water it.

Moss doesn't like really direct sunlight in my experience, and most crop plants do.
 
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