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

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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