• ?Ask Mossin Annie

    Hey Wendy, Be careful about using the potassium salt; it could be stressful to your mosses. Definitely, try a small area first to determine. I’ll be curious about your success.

    My insect bites were spread across my body, not at perimeter or waist clusters. Mine weren’t chiggers or no-see-ums… and it has never happened before like this and I…[Read more]

  • ?Ask Mossin Annie

    Also, you might consider buying a copy of my book, The Magical World of Moss Gardening. I will really appreciate it if you purchase through my Web site: http://www.mountainmoss.com instead of getting it through a big book distributor or even a local bookstore because I only get 94 cents as a royalty per book when bought through Amazon or elsewhere.…[Read more]

  • ?Ask Mossin Annie

    Good Evening Slsudano,
    It always makes me happy to hear when someone has finally traded in the concept of grass for the year-round green of a moss lawn. Through my business, Mountain Moss Enterprises, I do offer moss site consultations where I identify existing species, assess microclimate conditions and provide guidance on best planting methods…[Read more]

  • ?Ask Mossin Annie

    Do you think that maybe “no-see-ums” could be the culprits? Ceratopogonidae is a family of flies or biting midges, generally 1-3 mm in length. The family includes more than 5,000 species. The methods for prevention would be the same as for chiggers.

  • ?Ask Mossin Annie

    Hey Grgbirchspam,
    Mosses need moisture to thrive. Some species tolerate drying better than others — dramatically changing in appearance from wet to dry. For instance, Polytrichum is a species that where the leaves wrap around the stem when dry. I don’t think Polytrichum would be a good choice for kokedama-type balls hanging like a mobile in a…[Read more]

  • ?Ask Mossin Annie

    I do believe the photo accompanying the cited article illustrates a chigger on Entodon moss growing on the base of a tree.

  • ?Ask Mossin Annie

    Hey Wendy, I’ve found some chiggers in moss but usually they live on concrete or rock surfaces. Thankfully, they are big enough to see with the naked eye; so, I avoid sitting on places where they are visible. I don’t see how watering is affected by chiggers though. Set up a sprinkler system on a controller/timer so that you don’t have to stand in…[Read more]

  • ?Ask Mossin Annie

    Hey Kristie,
    Thanks for your interest in adding mosses to your paver area in your pool surround. YES, Mountain Moss does sell LIVE moss species through our online Moss Shop and at our Mossery in Brevard, NC that are sun-tolerant — Ceratodon, Entodon, Atrichum angustatum, Bryoandersonia — to name a few “sun” moss species. Even though these moss…[Read more]

  • ?Ask Mossin Annie

    Hey Sammie,
    Thanks for contacting Mountain Moss. Adding mosses to the joints between pavers will serve several purposes. First, the year-round green appeal of mosses is amazing, even in cold winter months. Second, mosses soften the hardscape by providing a sense of permanence and by establishing a connection to the natural surroundings. Third,…[Read more]

  • ?Ask Mossin Annie

    Hey Jessica,

    You have raised an interesting topic. The Internet has lots of “bright” ideas that are fraught with misinformation and misleading content about MOSS! Beware of any info posted on the Web. I’ve found a reference about Ceratodon and Racomitrium being used on a green wall in Stuttgart, Germany, to reduce/eliminate urban air pollution.…[Read more]

  • ?Ask Mossin Annie

    Hey Mark,
    Thanks for reaching out. I’m glad that you are encouraging your existing moss and adding special mosses to your lawn from Mountain Moss. If you want to adjust pH, make sure that you confirm the BASE pH is really “just below 7″. Then use the appropriate amount of sulfur as recommended for the change considering the square footage as well.…[Read more]

  • ?Ask Mossin Annie

    Making terrariums can be fun and rewarding to you as a designer and to the recipient. Bringing green indoors is such a pleasure. It sounds like you’ve followed the right steps in creating your terrarium environment. Usually, for a closed lid terrarium, you might need to mist again about once a month. When you notice that the transpiration process…[Read more]

  • ?Ask Mossin Annie

    Greeting Hal,
    Thanks for contacting Mountain Moss. It sounds like you have been successful in encouraging moss growth. Keeping up with litter/debris pick-up and with weeding are key factors. Also, providing watering can encourage better growth when Mother Nature is not providing adequate rainfall. Mosses require no additional soil supplements or…[Read more]

  • ?Ask Mossin Annie

    Hey Jason,
    Providing supplemental watering can be one of the most significant factors in achieving success as a moss gardener. Watering is extremely valuable when the heat index is high or rain infrequent, and especially critical during times of drought. In contrast with other gardening needs, mosses like brief, yet frequent watering sessions.…[Read more]

  • ?Ask Mossin Annie

    YES, Entodon seductrix is a good species for the high heat index and intense sun in Florida. It is a flat, sideways grower that can live in either shade or sun exposures. It should do well as the “groundcover” of moss for your Bonsai creations. Also, popular with Bonsai enthusiasts are Ceratodon and Bryum — both tiny, velvety, upright growers –…[Read more]

  • ?Ask Mossin Annie

    Hey Brian,
    My answer is: YES, you can grow mosses in Tennessee. You have described a common dilemma faced by many homeowners and gardeners. Thanks for submitting your inquiry through Qutee. Hopefully, other aspiring moss gardeners and landscapers frustrated with deep shade locations where nothing seems to grow, will gain insights regarding the…[Read more]

  • ?Ask Mossin Annie

    Hey Christa, Thankfully, I have NEVER experienced this “yellow/brown patch” dilemma in any of my moss garden installations. However, I have had several people report this problem of mysterious, stressed moss “circles.” One moss gardener in Nashville, TN, with an impressive moss lawn, got professional advice that indicated cyanobacteria as the…[Read more]

  • ?Ask Mossin Annie

    I just found your query. Sorry for my extended delay in responding. You can use tap water to water your mosses. Rain water should be fine as well. You could even use “gray” water for supplemental watering of mosses. Note: New shingles on roofs are now treated with chemicals to discourage any type of plant growth, particularly algae. I guess by…[Read more]

  • ?Ask Mossin Annie

    Hey Ken, There are over 70 species in the Polytrichum genus. The most common in my region are P. commune, P. juniperinum, P. piliferum, and P. ohioense. I’ve learned to identify these few. As you continue to increase your knowledge of moss species, you might want to delve into resources that will help you distinguish important characteristics.…[Read more]

  • ?Ask Mossin Annie

    Good Morning Milo,
    The idea of bringing nature indoors can be appealing. Living walls are gaining in popularity. Yet, many “living” moss walls are NOT ALIVE. Some of the photos posted on the Internet of indoor biophile walls which actually feature other vascular plants and don’t even include mosses (unless as a growing media underneath the other…[Read more]

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