Moss in November

by Jacki
(British Columbia)

Moss Topiary

Moss Topiary

Before the ground freezes and before the snow flies, moss greens up nicely after those first fall rains. Finding the moss under the carpet of leaves is the difficult part!

I collect lots of moss at this time of year, because it 'transplants' so readily and gets established in a nursery bed or flat over the winter, and from there, into terrariums, moss gardens and topiary. Smaller pieces that fall off the main chunks will take a couple of years to grow, but they will be ready to use in crafts after that.

If you want to make more and time isn't an issue, crumble up the chunks into quite fine pieces, spread it on top of some clay soil mixed with peat type potting soil, wait a year or two, and it's surprising how well it forms a new little carpet of green.

Speaking of carpet, I've found a few places in my garden where I put pieces of old wall-to-wall carpeting to smother weeds, and the moss is taking over and colonizing it. In time, the carpet will rot away, leaving a nice lawn of mosses, whatever kinds you have locally.

Buy a moss field guide to help identify them.

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