Ground Moss

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Ground Fern Moss- Thuidium delicatulum Hardy Planting Zones 1-9 Sun or Shade- Shade/Partial Shade Mature Height- 4-5 feet Mature Width- 5-6 feet Bloom Season- all year Gardener Status- Beginner
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Ground Moss-Hypnum cupressiforme

Ground Moss is classified according to two different types, Acrocarpous and Pleurocarpous, different in growing patterns. Moss can be useful in a variety of garden and yard settings, becoming more popular as gardeners search for coverings that grow well in the shade and are easily sustainable. Ground Moss can give yards a distinct and lush feel, without requiring extensive upkeep. Ground Moss is not particular to the type of soil in an area, however, it grows best in moist environments. Also useful in terrariums, moss can provide a bright green canvas for other plants to grow. Ground Moss is a slow growing plant. If planning to utilize other vegetation, shrubs or trees in a specified area, the other greenery should be planted prior to introducing moss to the zone. Moss is interesting in that it does not have a true root like most plants, gaining nutrients through the air instead of through the ground. The growth pattern, and the ability to grow in a carpet-like, dense manner, makes it useful for certain decorative landscaping and can be effective in guarding against soil erosion. Moss can be useful in small areas, as filler between stones or other pathways. Even if grass will not grow in an identified area, Ground Moss is an option. Creating a lush, green and tranquil environment, Ground Moss can create a beautiful atmosphere in your yard without turning brown in the winter or requiring work to maintain. Sit back, relax and enjoy your luscious, moss covered year! Ground moss is the most common type of moss seen. Moss like mold thrives in damp, shaded or dark areas. Moss will grow in dense green clumps or in what resembles a mat. Due to the low profile that moss grows it is made up of tiny leaves that are usually only one cell thick and will be attached to a stem that may or may not be branched with a restricted role in conducting water and nutrients. What makes moss different from other plants is that it does not have seeds and after moss reaches fertilization it will develop sporophytes that will have an unbranched stalk. On the top of the stock there will be a single capsule that contains spores. The spores are normally .2 to 10 centimeters tall, with the tallest spore being recorded at 50 centimeters tall. Within the moss family there are approximately twelve thousand different species with mosses originally grouped with liverworts and hornworts. Mosses are indigenous in the wild, however are also used in gardens, as decorative pieces, and in the florist trade. Moss has been used in the past as an insulation or for its ability to absorb liquids up to 20 times their weight. If you have ever been in a forest like setting and seen what appeared to be a green blanket coating either trees, rocks, the ground or anything else in the forest then you have experienced most. Mosses repopulation most relies on wind to disperse its pores. There are also other ways to enhance fertilization such as using sprintails and fliesHypnum cupressiforme exists in some varieties and can grow on wood and rock, under the right conditions, lending an earthy, sylvan quality to the home garden. Hypnum moss, a.k.a. "sheet moss," is hardy, durable, and makes for a great alternative to traditional grasses in providing ground cover. Hypnum moss quickly creeps between flagstone accents and requires only a little sun and water to make a lush evergreen carpet. Hypnum moss is fast-growing and can survive in a wide range of soil types.