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Fostering Moss in your Garden – a re-post | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

The moss is really greening up nice this year! I LOVE Moss & foster it around my water features and landscapes. I had a conversation with a lady just yesterday about how to help her moss grow thicker and cover more area & I gave her my ‘Moss Booster’ recipe . So I am now re-posting this blog from a little while back. It’s about this subject & has the moss booster recipe.

Moss is the oldest living terrestrial plant in the world! Moss is a ‘Magical’ plant and is the perfect accent in the garden. I use it to naturalize and soften around waterfalls and along garden paths, anywhere you want to add a little MAGIC in the shade 🙂 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

“I do a weekly radio garden segment from 10 till 11am. Fridays on a very popular local news/talk show called “The 180” with Dan Reaves & Sea Bass. 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:)

MOSS BOOSTER – Blend buttermilk (the older the better) and some moss (even dry or partially dead is fine) and mix 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.
TO SPRAY – You can thin this mixture with a little beer (Save a little for yourself 😉 … And put it in a pump up sprayer (You will 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.

TIP – 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
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com



Fostering mosses in shade gardens
March 12, 2017, 12:08 pm
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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