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13 April 2011

How to Transplant Moss | A Beginner's PhotoGuide

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Hi gardener friends AND non-gardener friends! This is an easy one....so easy anyone can do it! 
If you want moss for a covering in a pot or to transplant somewhere in your yard, it is so so very easy. All you need is a trowel and some bare dirt.

1. Find a patch of moss.   (If you don't have easy access to moss in your yard, you CAN buy moss and transplant it into a terrarium once it arrives.  HERE is a great little collection of various types to experiment with.)  I have these random patches of moss growing everywhere shady in my yard in all different varieties. Look around lawns and other shady areas to find a chunk. Just take a little...leave some there and it will replenish itself.  If you want to feel really good about yourself, find a chunk of moss that has a bunch of weeds in it like this:

How to Transplant Moss - DIY_Gardening with Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons

Dig up the moss and you can then easily pull the weeds out...a win-win...transplanting AND weeding at the same time!  You want to target patches that have tough weeds like queen anne's lace, dandelions and quackgrass.  My moss had all of those and more - lucky me!  By the way, now is the time of year to start the fight against weeds when they are little and have not even thought about reproducing yet.  (I am working on a beginner's guide to identifying weeds...stay tuned!)

How to Transplant Moss - DIY_Gardening with Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons
How to Transplant Moss - DIY_Gardening with Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons

2. Dig up a chunk of moss by slicing sideways under the moss, as opposed to digging down.  Moss does not have roots, so you are just going to slice off a layer of moss from the surface.   You don't need a bunch of dirt from underneath the moss.

How to Transplant Moss - DIY_Gardening with Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons
How to Transplant Moss - DIY_Gardening with Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons
How to Transplant Moss - DIY_Gardening with Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons
How to Transplant Moss - DIY_Gardening with Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons

3.  Once you have a thin slice of moss, you should make sure you pull out the weeds if there are any.  Mine had plenty.  This is what it should look like once it is clean.  (Yes, I realize I missed a couple tiny ones...)

How to Transplant Moss - DIY_Gardening with Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons

4.  Now you need a surface with bare dirt to "plant" it on.  The moss need to have access to the soil and a bunch of water to establish itself.  Thus, I planted on a very rainy day.  Alternatively, you could just water your moss in, making sure it stayed moist for at least a week.  Moss prefers to be damp, so it is one plant you can go a little overboard as opposed to "underboard" on the watering.

How to Transplant Moss - DIY_Gardening with Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons

5.  Give the moss a little pat to make sure the plant is in direct contact with the soil and you are finished! 



How to Transplant Moss - DIY_Gardening with Amy Renea at A Nest for All Seasons

Too wordy for you?   Basically...

1.  Find Moss.
2.  Dig it up (sideways!)
3. Get rid of weeds.
4.  Lay it on bare dirt and water.
5. Watch moss be pretty!

Don't have any moss?  Amazon sells LIVE moss (make sure you get the live kind!) right HERE, HERE or HERE.  
The last one listed there is a cool assortment of a bunch of different kinds of moss -- fun!

Happy planting!

By the way...great little deal running right now at Burpee:
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8 COMMENTS:

Pat Wednesday, April 13, 2011  

I love this post. Thanks so much for the info and for visiting the Back Porch.

Miss Kitty Wednesday, April 13, 2011  

Hi! I saw your post over at the Garden Party at "Unskinny Boppy". I love not only the information but your lovely photography of the moss. I am a new follower of yours now and also I voted for you over at babble.com.

Heather at Dusty Bay Friday, April 15, 2011  

Your tutorial is fantastic, girl! You blog just awesome - love the photos and everything else. I have to transplant some moss soon - I just built a hypertufa rock wall and I want it to look old. Thanks!

Fishtail Cottage Friday, April 15, 2011  

Your photo's are beauitful! popping over from Unskinny Boppy's garden party! xoox, Tracie

allenaim photography and design Saturday, April 16, 2011  

Thanks for the vote Miss Kitty!

Heather...would LOVE to see that wall! I can't believe you built a whole wall...that's amazing...

Mary Abele Monday, August 04, 2014  

Awesome, thanks! I have a front yard with patches of moss and patches of grass. I say, skip the grass and grow the moss! Blessings ~ maryabele The Happy Nester

Amy Renea Monday, August 04, 2014  

I'd love to see your pictures Mary!! I would MUCH rather walk on a field of moss than grass!

Terrarium Plants Wednesday, October 15, 2014  

Great advice about moss for terrariums =) Although I'm absolutely blown away by how much people are paying for them prebuilt! We're in the wrong business ;-)

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