Growing Moss in your Stone Path

Last year we re-installed granite stones in a path that will connect the front porch walkway to the side porch steps leading to the dining room. I can’t show you all that because it’s not built yet, but I can boast about the two methods which successfully worked to grow moss between the granite stones.

Luckily this neighbourhood already boasts a lot of moss. My neighbour was gracious enough to let me remove moss from their patio stones surrounding their pond. Using an egg lifter I removed enough to fill a large stainless steel bowl.

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Although the stones are setting into lime screening, I swept in just enough triple mix to give the moss something to cling to [or so I thought].

Method One – Shred pieces of moss into buttermilk and manure. Mix and press between stones – keep damp, but not wet until settled.

Method Two – Cut moss into pieces approximately the size of the gap between the stones. Press in. Keep damp, but not wet until settled..

After the long hard winter last year everyone’s gardens suffered, but my moss was surprisingly resilient. There was, however, no difference in the growth or quality of mosses between Method One or Two, but  neither had rooted.

It turns out mosses don’t have true roots, that’s why it was so easy for me to remove it from my neighbour’s stone.   It also means using a less invasive method for cleaning like a corn broom, instead of a leaf blower, to remove surface debris such as pine needles from the walkway.  Otherwise the moss just tears away.

People always comment about our lovely cottage renovation including the old stone path.  They don’t realize that it’s a new home build.  I love that!

We realized yesterday that the granite pathway is too close to the house and will have to be moved.  Luckily I know two good methods for replanting the moss.

 

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