The Price of Moss …


I am not sure whether I have ever- so far  – gone on public record as saying lawns are not my favourite part of the garden. Necessary evils perhaps because they are generally good for raising children on, or sitting to eat barbecued food or cheese and tomato sandwiches with a beer.

But the immaculate archetypal stripe-patterned English lawns? Definitely not for me. But I had to admit when doing some (honestly) token maintenance with a lawn rake that, this year the moss is too rampant. So, given that the birds had all nested, using whatever bits of it they needed, I set to work. Used the rake to tear it out – leaving very sparsely grassed areas. Then applied some proprietary weed and moss killer, with grass feed included. (Not to all areas, just those worst affected; the chemicals I reasoned would likely obliterate the clovers, daisies, self-heal, cowslips and other species that have intruded to good effect in the upper lawn).

Two applications later and we needed to buy in some “patch pack” help. With ryegrass seed  and a fescue that will, according to the small details, grow in shade. Then covered over these patches with anti-bird netting …

… at about the time we were looking to plant up the hanging baskets.

Usually we have bought a damp pack of moss from the garden centre to line the basket. Or, more usually pulled up moss from the lawn. But couldn’t do that this year as we felt the toxins would still be in the moss and affect the plants we put in…

… and this year, wouldn’t you know it, moss is difficult to buy – or terribly expensive! Not sure why. Is there a ban on sales of moss (and if so why?)? Is it suddenly expensive to harvest ?

Never mind, we got the rake onto the upper, untreated lawn and managed to wrestle enough of the wiry, tough little mat of moss and associated thatch out to line both baskets, which are now being “hardened off” in the greenhouse.

We added some water retaining gel crystals (How do they work?)  to the grow bag compost we used as a water saving measure.


The rain today should have helped the lawn “grow anywhere” seed germination – just a few warm days now and let’s see what springs up. Hopefully not more moss though I am not holding my breath.

We have made a rough attempt to keep pigeons and nesting sparrows off the ground with some old “debris/scaffold netting” (it may just make them laugh so much they miss the seeds underneath).


One response to this post.

  1. Our lawn is about 90% moss! It does feel nice underfoot though 🙂


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