Growing moss in Maryland

Asked March 9, 2017, 1:08 PM EST

Hi. We have a lot of shade in our back yard and it is very difficult to grow grass. Is moss a viable alternative and, if so, is there any varieties you recommend? The shade is produced by oak trees and our soil is mostly clay. Thanks in advance,

Carroll County Maryland moss groundcovers shade

1 Response

If moss is not growing in that location and is not growing elsewhere, this may not be a good location. You need a source, moist acidic soil, and shade.
Here is our page on moss and alternative suggestions for planting
http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/moss-your-landscape-friend-or-foe
http://extension.umd.edu/sites/extension.umd.edu/files/_images/programs/hgic/Publications/HG100_Moss...
Also here is more information http://www.mossacres.com/

Most homeowners want to control moss rather than cultivate it. See the attached publication for alternatives to grass. You can plant a groundcover or shade perennials and lightly mulch the area.
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