Moss brings an enchanted appearance to forests. Several varieties grow around Flandrum Hill, on the ground, on stones and more than just the north side of tree trunks.
In recent years, some innovative horticulturalists have suggested that it might be ecologically beneficial for homeowners to consider growing lawns of moss instead of grass. Here are some reasons why:
- It grows fast,
- prevents erosion,
- repels weeds,
- doesn’t require fertilizer,
- doesn’t require watering and
- doesn’t require mowing.
That last reason should be enough by itself to convince people to look into the moss option. Imagine all the labour that would be saved in lawn maintenance!
Though mosses thrive in moist, acidic soil, all they really need is a bit of shade. They’re able to absorb enough moisture from rainfall to allow them to survive without extra watering.
The sphagnum moss shown above is a marvel of nature. It can absorb several times its own weight in water or oil. It has many uses in gardening, ie. as a seed starter, and dried, is an excellent insulator, firestarter and dressing for wounds.
Mosses are often used by scientists as bioindicators, species used to monitor the health of an environment, to identify the presence of heavy metals and other pollutants in an ecosystem. Their presence here doesn’t just make the woods seem more magical, they reveal the good health of the environment as well.
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