How to Grow Moss Between Bricks

Cushiony green moss softens the edges of bricks or paving stones, lending a feeling of soothing permanence and stability to shady areas in your landscape. Moss isn't difficult to establish, as the plants have tiny root-like growths called rhyzoids that allow the moss to anchor into the soil between your bricks or paving stones, or even onto the bricks themselves. Once established, moss grows with little maintenance and will soon expand to fill empty spaces between bricks.

Things You'll Need

  • Soil
  • Boards or cardboard
  • Hose with spray attachment
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      Locate a source for moss. If you have moist, shady areas on your property, chances are you have plenty of moss to plant between your bricks. Look under trees, in dark corners, or under water faucets. If your neighbors have moss, they may be glad to share. Gather small pieces of moss, then store the moss in a plastic bag or plastic container. Keep the moss damp until you're ready to plant. Your local garden center may carry mosses suitable for planting between bricks.

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      Pull weeds growing between bricks, then fill in the spaces between the bricks with soil. If you have sand between bricks, cover the sand with a light layer of soil. Pack the soil firmly, as weeds need a secure surface to root. Spray the area, using a garden hose with a spray attachment.

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      Tear the moss into pieces sized to fit between the bricks. Place the moss between the bricks. Step on the moss firmly to establish contact between the moss and the soil. Alternatively, cover the area with boards or cardboard, then walk on the board or cardboard to press the moss firmly to the ground.

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      Water the moss immediately after planting, then continue to keep the moss consistently moist for three weeks. Thereafter, spray the area whenever the moss begins to appear pale in color

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want moss to cover a large area, or a vertical area, use a moss slurry. To make a slurry, mix a concoction of two parts water, two parts moss and one part buttermilk or yogurt. Tear the moss into small pieces, then mix the ingredients in your blender. Use an old paintbrush to spread the moss slurry over soil, bricks or a concrete wall. Mist the area regularly for several weeks.

  • Never help yourself to moss growing in public places.

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