Taxonomy of Moss Plants:
Botany and Use:
Moss plants are classified as Bryophyta making them distinct from most vegetation you'll find in your yard. They develop spores rather than seeds for reproduction, and they do not possess true roots, instead deriving their nutrients and moisture from the air.
Because they are low-growing and can form dense mats, these shade plants can be considered an alternative ground cover for landscaping and planted as "shade gardens," in lieu of traditional (i.e., grass) lawns.
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones:
Sun and Soil Requirements:
How to Get Rid of Moss Plants in Lawns:
Many people consider them to be a weeds, when found in their lawns. If you wish to get rid of moss plants, it is easy enough to do so. Its very presence in your lawn sends a clear signal as to what your lawn is lacking. Simply provide your lawn with what it is lacking, and you'll be able to cultivate grass in the areas now occupied by this "weed" (except perhaps for shady spots, unless you find a suitable shade-tolerant grass). Provide your lawn with the following:
More Notes on Usage:
With its emphasis on minimalism rather than showy blooming specimens, Japanese gardening easily accommodates moss plants, as do the "wild" or "natural" landscapes that are growing in popularity among Westerners. But any shady spots of the landscape traversed via stone walkways or patios are fitting areas, too. Moss plants can be grown in between the cracks of the stonework, thereby functioning not only as a decorative element, but also as a living "mulch" of sorts.
Finally, this wild ground cover can be used as an alternative to lawn grass in shady spots, where grass refuses to grow. Considering how often they grow in lawn areas problematic for grass, they readily suggest themselves as just such an alternative. Most lawn grasses have difficulty with the very conditions in which this "weed" thrives:
- Soils with an acidic pH
- Soils that are compacted
- Shady spots -- which are ideal candidates for conversion into shade gardens!