Lawn Maintenance, Spring Lawn Care

Treating Moss on Your Lawn? Do You Know These Amazing Facts?

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If you are treating moss on your lawn, it helps to understand this amazing small flowerless green plant. Moss has no true roots, loves damp habitats and reproduces by means of spores released from stalked capsules, according to one dictionary definition.  And moss has its fans (even if you aren’t one of them!). The international bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert, followed up her memoir with a novel about the plant. In the Signature of All Things, she delves into the fascinating world of moss through her characters.


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Cover of Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert


Alma Whittaker the heroine of the novel, is a 19th century female botanist whose pursuit of her moss studies, takes her from her native Philadelphia to Holland and exotic Tahiti.


Gilbert says she fell in love with the idea of writing about the moss plant when she moved to the country and took up gardening:


“I realized….. (moss) was exactly the right thing ……… it is the universe writ tiny. Everything that’s going on in forests and ecosystems on a large scale is also going on in the mossy world on a tiny, microscopic scale.”


If you are treating moss, it helps to understand this fascinating plant


So which of these little facts do you know when you are treating moss?
1. Treating Moss – Mosses have no vascular system to transport water through the plant or any way to prevent water evaporation which is why they have to live in damp environments surrounded by water.
2. Treating Moss – They need water to fertilise. Mosses have no seeds and after fertilisation develop sporophytes (stalks topped with single capsules containing spores). It takes about six months for spores to mature.


3. Treating Moss – Mosses can survive desiccation for months. Some have re-hydrated even after centuries. In 2014, scientists took a core of moss from an island off Antarctica. They then exposed it to light and temperature in a lab. Astonishingly, the moss regenerated stems within 3-6 weeks. It had last grown during the twilight of the Roman Empire, about A.D. 300-450.


4. Treating Moss – Mosses are very useful. They have been used as insulation in clothing and can absorb liquids up to 20 times their weight.
5. Treating Moss – The tallest moss plant in the world, Dawsonia, can grow to 50 cm (20 in) in height.
6. Treating Moss – Many find mosses to be beautiful. The Japanese often use moss in gardens where it is thought to add a sense of calm, age and stillness to a garden scene.


Now when you are ready to start treating moss on your lawn, you can show this pesky plant some respect.


Contact Greenfeet to get a free evaluation for your lawn care needs and advice on how to treat moss on your lawn and banish it from your grass.
Our lawn care experts can devise a moss removal plan tailored to your specific lawn and your budget.


Treating Moss
Treating Moss