Tips And Processes On Growing Moss Lawn In The Garden – Paving Your Yard With Natural Green Carpet

Moss was regarded as one of the plants that we mostly want to get rid of in the yard to maintain a decent garden environment.

While in Japan, the moss is treated as one of the indispensable elements for the traditional zen garden. The moss lawn landscape in the Japanese garden creates a sense of secluded and natural. Its unique growing environment and vitality bring endless enjoyment to the courtyard.

With the popularity of Japanese garden around the world, many people are trying to grow moss lawn in their garden as well.

Whereas, the moss, tiny and humble as it may look, is not as easy as we suppose for cultivation. Here we are going to share some useful processes and tips for growing mass lawn. Hope will be helpful to you for creating delicate moss landscapes in your yard.

Step 1: Select And Collect The Moss

There are a wide range of moss types in the natural world. Some moss can come into flower; some moss is always green and lush; some grow and develop stretched, while some grow in round ball shape.

You can easily find the moss in the wild, such as in the riverside, forest and other moist places.

moss-in-the-forestUse tool such as a shovel to scrape off a layer of moss and take it back to plant it. It is better that take the moss together with some soil on their roots. This will make easier for the moss to survive and fully guarantee its vitality.

If it is inconvenient for you to get the moss in the wild, there are many types of moss available selling online.

Different types of moss can be planted in the same field, they won’t interfere with each other.

The vitality of moss is more tenacious than I imagined. I once bumped into one filed of moss. The moss had become totally dried due to lacking enough moisture.

I collect some of the dried moss, smashed it and scattered them at the damp corner of my garden. Surprisingly, the corner was soon covered with oily green moss lawn after only a few weeks.

Step 2: Choose The Growing Location

The moss do not like direct sunlight. The harsh direct sunlight, especially during the hot summer season, will draw completely the moisture that the moss needs for growing.

The moss prefers living in partially sheltered places. Bathing some sunlight during the day will be very helpful for their growth. When growing moss lawn in the garden, it is suggested that there are some other big and tall plants in place to shelter the direct sunlight.

Getting rid of other weeds in the place where the moss will be planted. Paving the moss evenly on the ground, and making sure the moss can fully contact the surface of the soil or the stones.

Step 3: Check And Improve The Soil Condition If Necessary

Moss prefers growing in acid soil with pH value ranging between 5.0 ~ 5.5. If the value is higher than 5.5, we can decrease it by spreading the mixture of sulfur powder and water on the soil.


(Note: This is a biological process, working slowly and gradually, instead of a chemical reaction, which might working fast. And this process only works when the bacteria are active, the soil is warm and humid, and the temperature of the soil is above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.)

Generally, the optimum soil type is sandy loam soil, which can retain certain amount of water and is breathable as well. Add some sand or gravels into the soil if necessary.

When growing moss lawn, it is ideal that there are some original soil attached on the roots the moss. Press the moss slightly on the planting ground to ensure its roots fit well into the soil.

Irrigate the soil to make it wet, but avoid water accumulating on the soil. The mould fungus that germinate in the accumulated water will bring significant damage to the moss.

Step 4: Watering

Watering is the most important process.

The moss likes moist growing environment, but it is intolerant to water logging. So to avoid excessive water and potential damage, spray the water on the moss lawn, instead of irrigating it.

Freshly planted moss lawn must be watered every day for the first 2-3 weeks. It will help the moss lawn grow quickly and healthily.

It is best to water the moss lawn once per day in the morning. During the dry and hot summer season, we should water again at the nightfall.

Once the moss is in shortage of moisture, its color will turn white a bit and leaves will curve. We should pay attention to this situation.

Step 5: Cleaning

Cleaning is also an important process to maintain a prosperous moss lawn.

As mentioned, any type of moss needs a certain amount of sunlight for healthy growing. The fallen leaves of other plants that we keep in our garden may block the sunlight and stop the moss from getting enough nutrients from the air.


The moss lawn can be cleaned with raker or broom. To avoid damage to the moss, just gently remove the leaves that cover on the moss lawn.

If you have air blower, that would be excellent. The moss lawn can be cleaned easily and safely.

Step 6: Ventilation

Normally, in the too ventilated area, the growing condition of the moss is not so good. As the humidity, indispensable for growing moss lawn healthily, is difficult to maintain.

Use fence or keep other tall plants near the moss lawn to help to block the strong wind. The growing condition of the moss will turn better gradually.

Additional Caring Advice For Growing Moss Lawn

Weed regularly.

The competitiveness of the newly planted moss lawn is low. Other higher plants will invade in easily.

Get rid of the weed regularly and timely to create a favorable environment for the moss lawn.

Once the moss grow densely in the soil, other weeds can hardly invade in.

No fertilizer needed.

The moss get nutrients from the leaves, rather from the roots. The roots part only serve to fix the moss to the soil or rocks.

Therefore, fertilization is not necessary for moss. Excessive fertilization will have adverse effects.


As a common spores propagating plant, moss is an excellent green plant that could be cultivated in your garden.

With the popularity of Japanese garden, many people are keen on growing moss lawn in their own garden. The moss lawn can moss-landscapingbring attractive accent of secluded and aesthetic tranquility to the yard.

When growing moss lawn, we should pay attention to the following aspects:

  1. Choose and collect the moss wisely;
  2. Choose the proper growing location, humid and avoid direct sunlight;
  3. Check the soil, soft sandy acid loam would be perfect;
  4. Watering, spread the water, instead of irrigation;
  5. Cleaning the fallen leaves that cover on the moss lawn and get rid of the other weeds that grow on the moss lawn.
  6. Avoid strong wind to ensure enough humidity for the moss lawn.

Above are some tips for growing moss lawn in your garden. Hope will be helpful to you for cultivating moss, adding silent and peaceful touch to your life.

Common Diseased Condition Of Moss

Leaves Turning Dark

Root Cause: Too much water. And the water may accumulate on the soil,which will rot the moss.

Solution: Stop watering. Drain the excessive water and avoid water logging.


Leaves Turning Yellow

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Root Cause: Normally, it is because not enough sunlight, or the soil is not suitable for moss growing, or the environment quality is not good.

Solution: Check the planting location and the soil conditions.


Leaves Turning White

Root Cause: Not enough moisture.

Problem: Spray water on the moss lawn regularly. Keep it hydrated.


Germinating Fungus

Root Cause: Not good ventilation and sunlight.

Solution: Plant the moss in more ventilated locations. And make sure it could bath some sunlight during the day. If the situation deteriorate, change the soil.

Further Knowledge: The Value Of Moss To The Natural World

Moss is a very primitive plant, reproducing with spores. It is said to had appeared on land about 450 million years ago.

Moss absorbs water and nutrients directly from the leaves, while the roots only serve to fix the moss on the soil or rocks.

The moss is mostly often seen in riverside, hillside and other humid places.

Promotes the formation of soil.

Moss can adhere to the surface of the stone and secrete liquids that dissolves the surface of the rock.

This promotes the weathering of the rock and accelerates the formation of the soil.

For this perspective, we can say that moss is the pioneer for creating growing environment for other natural plants.

Moss is a natural detector for soil’s pH condition.

According to the growing condition of moss, people can tell whether the land is acidic soil or alkaline soil.

Conserve water and soil.

The moss population grow and multiply quickly. The moss can retain a large amount of water and moisture.

When coming to soil and water conservation, the moss population is not weaker than other large plants.

Monitor the environment.

The oily green moss is the natural environment monitor. The leaves of the moss have only one layer of cells. Therefore, it is very sensitive to the environment. No moss can grow or grow well in the polluted area.

Feed the mammals and birds.

The moss is also an excellent food for the mammals and the bird population.


12 thoughts on “Tips And Processes On Growing Moss Lawn In The Garden – Paving Your Yard With Natural Green Carpet

  1. Gosh! I only wish I had a place to grow a moss lawn. So pretty! I do have a creek, but it’s pretty far back into the woods, so I never go out there. 🙁

    If you have any suggestions for something I could plant on an embankment/hill that gets a lot of sun, it would be much appreciated. I would love to find something that would grow there without needing to be mowed. It’s a very difficult area to keep up during mowing season.


    1. Hi Devera, thanks for checking this post. I do hope that the article will be a little helpful to you when you would like to grow moss in your garden.
      Glad to know that you have a creek near you, that’s awesome. Personally, i would suggest to grow: Cattail or Willow herb. They will grow well on the damp bank of the creek. And these two plant looks really nice!

      1. Thanks! I may have to do that one day when my life isn’t so busy. I appreciate the information. I love Cattail’s, but not sure what Willow herb looks like. I’ll check it out.

        Much appreciated!

  2. How beautiful!
    I love the images you’ve used they truly show how beautiful moss is!
    I personally love moss and this just shows and explains why it’s such an amazing part of our environment!
    Thank you for creating this amazing content!

    1. Hi Glen, thanks for checking this post. I do hope that it will be help you a little if you would like to grow moss lawn in your garden in the future!

  3. I love the look of moss garden lawn. If only I had a green thumb. My Dad was the one who enjoyed gardening more than anyone. But now it’s mostly my mom. She will be so happy when I forward her this article.

    It seems you know a lot about gardening. How can my Mom keep slugs and snails from wrecking her garden?

    1. Hi Jag, thanks for checking this post and i do hope that your family will like this as well.
      Concerning the slugs and snails, well, they do cause some trouble if you keep flowers or vegetables in your garden. They will eat them..
      Actually there are a wide range of pest control chemicals available online that can help to repel snails and slugs. They are working indeed well. I hope this will be a bit helpful to you.

  4. I am surprised that ‘Moss absorbs water and nutrients directly from the leaves, while the roots only serve to fix the moss on the soil or rocks.’ Moss gardens look beautiful and also feel soft and fresh to walk on. I like them a lot because, unlike grass lawns, moss does not need to be mowed. It’s interesting that mosses have been around for so long and that they serve a very important function of breaking down rocks and creating soil. This is a very useful plant.
    Many thanks for sharing this information.

    1. Hi Andrew, thanks for checking this post. Hope my post will help you to have a better understanding of this humble, but strong plant. Have a nice day!

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