Carter’s Garden Blog


Fostering mosses in shade gardens
March 12, 2017, 12:08 pm
Filed under: Articles, Landscaping & Gardening, Outdoor Lifestyles | Tags: , ,

I do a weekly radio garden segment from 10 till 11am. Fridays on a very popular local news/talk show called “It’s Your Turn” with Bill Way. We talk about anything and everything to do with gardening & ‘Outdoor Living’. On Friday’s show one of the callers wanted to talk about how to make his moss better in his backyard. We spoke about the area for quite a while and it seems he has the perfect place for moss to thrive. He wanted a way to fertilize or feed the moss, so I gave him a recipe that a lady gave me many years ago that works well. MANY have called me, texted me, etc. & asked for that recipe – so here y’all go & I hope it helps 🙂

you can transplant moss into your garden. You also use moss in my recipe.

Blend buttermilk (the older the better) and some moss (even dry or partially dead is fine) until mixed well. You can paint this mixture on your stones and pottery to grow moss on them. Keep them in full shade and mist them a few times per week – in no time you will have moss forming.
– You can thin this mixture with a little beer (Save a little for yourself :)… And put it in a pump up sprayer (You will prob. want to remove the tip so it wont clog) then spray it around on your mossy areas and the areas where you want moss to take hold.

Remember, prep is important! Get rid of weeds and grass in those areas and after you have stared this process spray the area with water 3-4 times per week to keep it moist (but NOT soaking wet!).

I LOVE moss and I know y’all do too, I hope this helps!

Thanks,

Mark Carter
Carters Nursery Pond & Patio
Jackson, Tn. 38305
731-424-2206


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