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I am updating my garden and was wondering if moss could be used as an alternative to lawn/grass? I have always liked the look and feel of moss underfoot and would love a moss garden. Area is in the region of 60-70m2, there is very little shade offered in the garden. I live in South Wales so generally plenty of rainfall. Is moss a viable alternative to grass? If so where can i get moss? Any help or advise would be appreciated.



my lawn is mainly moss and it looks really good until you get up close. birds do pull lumps so it might look tatty.
really just try it. if it works then brill.

19 Sep, 2012


You will stand a better chance if your ground is moist - it doesn't like well drained soil, and shade would have helped. However no harm in trying. Does moss grow naturally in other parts of your garden? This would be a good indicator of success. Sorry never heard of any suppliers as most people try to get rid!

19 Sep, 2012


Thanks for your replies. I have had a couple of reports about moss looking quite patchy, which isn't the look i'm going for. Also not seen any evidence of moss growing anywhere in the garden so perhaps it's best i stick to boring old grass! Thanks both.

19 Sep, 2012


I too think it would be so patchy and some grass would stilll grow so would look weird but the Japanese apparently grow moss lawns as its environmentily friendly. If you dont like grass have you considered a Camamile lawn or a wild flower area?

19 Sep, 2012


I grow moss on top of some small bonsai pots to improve the look of them. I got the moss off a patch in one of my troughs with alpines that has been left relatively undisturbed. The Bonsais are regularly soaked in shallow water in a trug near the water butt. There is a lot on the internet about moss growing(just type in moss cultivation). The moss that grows on the lawn seems different to this kind of moss that I grow. I think its very attractive, but I don't know how you would do a whole lawn with the kind of moss in my troughs and on the Bonsai.

19 Sep, 2012


I saw a feature on G'sW years ago showing a garden where there was a moss lawn. It did look wonderful, but I seem to remember that it was a shady garden with lots of trees. I sometimes comfort myself with the memory when I survey my own "lawn"!

19 Sep, 2012



20 Sep, 2012

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