Moss invasion

Asked March 20, 2020, 1:29 PM EDT

Is there anything that can be added or done to the soil to discourage moss growth in a perennial flower garden?

Eaton County Michigan

1 Response

Thank you for contacting Ask an Expert.
My first question back to you is why would you want to? Moss is a valued ground cover and prized especially in gardens in Japan and elsewhere. Moss gardens are lovely so I encourage you to think of ways to use it in your garden design.

Mosses love to grow where it's wet and there is limited sunlight. You can correct drainage issues and increase the amount of light to reduce or eliminate it. Cultivation will also reduce its presence.

Here are some links for you which you may find helpful.
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/moss-your-landscape
https://durhammastergardeners.com/2017/02/23/moss-is-boss/http://rocklandcce.org/resources/improving-drainage-in-soil-rockland

I hope you enjoy your gardening season!