Ok moss experts... (lots of pics)
First I wanna address my subject line: are there any moss experts?? From reading around the internet and these forums, it seems like everyone thinks moss is really cool, but no one really specializes in it or knows a lot about it. Why is that?
From what I've read, it isn't generally worth it to figure out wha spieces you need or have, because it's very difficult; it's much easier to find moss already thriving in similar conditons, and transplant some of that.
That being said, if you know anything about moss, I'd appreciate some responses on these questions:
1) I've read that to help a moss lawn along, you can pull weeds and grass, and keep stuff (twigs, acorns, leaves) off of the moss. Then the moss should fill in and eventually prevent weeds and grass from filling back in. (this is all assuming there is already moss doing fairly well in an area) 1a) Why is it important to clear off the stuff that falls or blows onto moss? 2b) Could the below-pictured area, for example, be helped along into a 100% mossy carpet? (i.e. if I plucked the grass and weeds, would they eventually stop coming back?)
I live in central MN in a partially wooded lot. We have Spruce, Oak, native Maple/Ash/Basswood etc. We have a lot of moss on our property. Here are some pictures of the most common type.
2) Does anyone know anything about what kind of moss this is or it's properties?
3) There are some areas that look like different...less leafy and darker green. Is this a differet kind of moss or is it just the same moss as the leafier stuff, but just at a different stage or something? (2 pics..)
I mentioned above how I understand the method of simply matching a perspective moss's conditions and location to the conditions and location of the transplant site, but that says nothing about the other thing to consider: whether or not it can handle foot traffic. Here's a pic of one spot I'd like to fill with a moss carpet:
That sun only hits that spot about an hour at sunset. I think the reason grass isn't growing there is the lack of sun and the heavy foot traffic. That narrow alley is the only way from the front to the back yard on that side of the house.
4) What would I have to do to get a mossy carpet here? How can I find out if the stuff in the above pictures wll handle traffic, and would I have to stay off it until it gets established?
Thanks for enduring my questions...I've been saving up moss questions for a while and I figured I'd just do one big post.