Mosses- Ideal for Shade Gardens & Damper Areas

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Mosses- Ideal for Shade Gardens & Damper Areas
Mosses are ideal for shade gardens and damper areas. Moss varieties do well growing in the USDA plant hardiness zones four to ten. Most of the United States can also grow Irish Mosses. These mosses do not fare well in the direct sun light and should be kept in partial sun to no sun exposure. Mosses make excellent ground cover and can be used as decorative plants. These hearty plants will spread and grow low to the ground. Most mosses maintain a height of one to nearly four inches. It has been noted that some rare mosses have reached a growing height of twenty inches but this is very uncommon. Mosses are available in a wide variety of shades of green; some also have a grayish or brownish tint to their coloring. Moss plants do not reproduce via seeds; they grow a sporophyte that has a capsule that will release spores for reproduction. Mosses go dormant during the winter months and will come back in the spring. It is best to plant these in shady areas of your garden. If you have an area of your yard that is to moist you will be able to plant moss here. The moss will thrive in the moist soil and make it possible for other plants to grow in the same area. Worms, ants, crickets and other common back yard bugs are drawn to the low lying shade and predator protection that moss provides. Because moss does spread it will need to be trimmed back within its flower bed from time to time. It grows at a slow rate and trimming is only essential every other year in most cases. Many gardeners add large rocks or stumps to the moss patch. The moss will gradually grow over the rock or stump and add some eye catching flare to the garden. Mosses work best in shade areas as well as  places where there is  lots of moisture. It can thrive where little else will. There are different varieties of species available. For example, carpet moss works well in areas with lots of foot traffic. Sheet moss is ideal around all types of shrubbery, perennials and vine plants.