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Are You Kidding me? Why would anyone want to kill Moss?

Updated on August 1, 2013
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Deborah-Lynn has been writing professionally since 2002 as a freelancer and ghostwriter, non-fiction and fiction genres'.

Mosses grow in many forms.

Moss will grow in trees, over tree trunks, logs and stumps. Moss also will delicately drape from branches.  You can have an area along the ground of soft green mossy grass or sculpture moss into artistic shapes, designs or statues.
Moss will grow in trees, over tree trunks, logs and stumps. Moss also will delicately drape from branches. You can have an area along the ground of soft green mossy grass or sculpture moss into artistic shapes, designs or statues.

Moss: One of the most beautiful ingredients in God's Landscape Designs

Travel to any moist climate, or wooded area on this earth and you will find some of God's most creative embellishments to His Garden Designs. The presence of moss in our environment symbolizes abundance, fertility, growth and reproduction. Moss is a plant that reminds us of the longevity of our biosphere. The natural cycle of life and nurturing and finally the recycling of the dead. Often the least traveled paths have the most amazing moss coverings. Moss is a very simple type of plant that lacks conventional roots, stems, and leaves.

The name moss refers to any species of the class Bryopsida and is part of the division Bryophyta. Bryophyta means the first green land plants to develop during the evolutionary process. Moss is thought to have evolved from very primitive plants. Moss has not evolved to any other kind of plant it still exists in the same form as it had originated from.

With more than 10,000 species in 700 scientific genera, mosses are nearly twice as diverse as mammals, and are second only to flowering plants and ferns in their vast diversity. Because mosses have no flowers, no leaves or roots, I find them more interesting and highly desirable in garden ambiance than many flowering plants and even some ferns.

So I answer the HUB Question "How to Kill Moss?" with the great question: "WHY? Why would anyone want to kill moss? Move it maybe, change the environment maybe, but after looking at the benefits and beauty of this living art form...would you? could you? or even....should you?

How could anyone not be tempted to lie languidly across an Emerald Green Carpet created by nature. This would be to me the most relaxing and inviting place to take a nap. Moss is a glorious curiousity and opens our imaginations to thoughts of Fairies, Pixies, Gnomes and Leperachauns! Moss could even naturalize the "Concrete Jungle" created by man if left to do it's glorious work, just think of older countries like in Europe or the Mediterranean, moss covered remnants of lost cultures and old government buildings, civilizations no longer hustle and bustle throughtout the ancient courtyards, but as natural as the earths' original form, moss moves in and beautifies all that man left for ruin.

What do you think about using Moss in your garden?

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    CraftytotheCore 4 years ago

    I love moss! I have it growing outside and was distraught when some of it turned brown. Great Hub!

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    Deborah-Lynn 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California

    Thanks, Marsha Musselman1, I will correct that typo, also, thanks for the vote, I believe Moss growing in the lawn isn't as beautiful as when it flourishes where you want it to, if pH is the answer, that would be pretty easy to remedy, just make the pH undesirable for Moss and good for your grass. It only takes kitchen products to change the pH instead of having to use chemicals, so much better.:)

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    Marsha Musselman 4 years ago from Michigan, USA

    I voted that I wouldn't mind having moss near water in the garden. I don't like it on my lawn though. There isn't really enough for anyone to be comfortable laying on it. In fact it's in the lawn in splotches among the grass. I've heard it has something to do with the ph balance of the soil, but I've not checked that out further yet.

    Voted this hub up.

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    Marsha Musselman 4 years ago from Michigan, USA

    In your paragraph about moss having 10,000 species, there is a mis-spelled word: nearlyt ( I think the 't' from the next work attached itself here :). )I have to watch, for I do the same thing sometimes. You can deny this post; I'll write a real one shortly.

    I didn't see any other mistakes.

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    Deborah-Lynn 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California

    WillStarr, I thank you for showing me yet another valuable contribution Moss provides to us, I hope your discoveries proved to be very significant! Its wonderful that replacing Moss back on their rocks allows it to continue thriving in its' Natural Habitat as well! :)

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    WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    Moss is also a great gold catcher in streams that are gold bearing. We pull it off the rocks, shake the dirt that it caught into our gold pans, and replace it so it can catch more!

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    Elena@LessIsHealthy 6 years ago

    Great hub.

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    RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

    I had a beautiful moss garden when I lived on the West Coast - so beautiful. Thanks for the reminder of happy times.

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    Caterino 7 years ago from Greenville South Carolina

    I read all your comments and personally, now, moss, the word sounds funny. Moss is great beauty and as all great beauty in the landscape, you will always have some that thinks they can do it better than Mother Nature which is sad.

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    Dolores Monet 8 years ago from East Coast, United States

    AS ralwus said, I can see where there are a few places where you don't want moss to grow. But I, too, love moss. My niece, when she was still little, went all around picking up moss and placing in a little red wagon until the wagon was filled with moss. She left it in the shade and so created a beautiful little moss garden.

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    Faye Constantino 8 years ago from Florida

    This is beautiful. I love moss, always have. It is so fragile and yet if you lie down and gaze at it side on, it looks like the tiniest forest.

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    Artin2010 8 years ago from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast

    Hi Deborah-Lynn, finally got around to reading your hub. Very nice article. I think Moss is awesome, we have Spanish Moss, they call it, here hanging in the oak trees. Blessing to Ya!

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    Lita C. Malicdem 8 years ago from Philippines

    Moss grows anywhere it can. It beautifies the environment but it posts hazzards, too, along pathways. That's when I get rid of the cover. It's easier to scrape off when it dries up. When alive it clings and becomes slippery. Nice share.

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    Dave 8 years ago from Lancashire north west England

    Winter without moss would be a bleaker place. The photographs are full of verdant life.Woodland , walls and rocks are enhanced by their beauty.

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    Cathy Nerujen 8 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

    Moss is natures's equivalent of dandruff, its so plentiful. I dont mean that in a bad way. It can look so beautiful and fetching. In the UK with our damp climate, everything gets covered in moss, even tree's boughs. I am a nature lover, and I loved reading this hub. Thankyou for the lovely pictures too.

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    Yard of nature 8 years ago from Michigan

    My yard in the woods is basically moss. It's fantastic. I do, like ralwus says, power wash it off decks and places where it can present a problem.

    That said, in the yard my motto is long-live moss!

    Thanks for pointing out its plusses.

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    Dave 8 years ago from Lancashire north west England

    Hi, Deborah, you are so right about moss. Without the various species the environment would be a duller place. In Lancashire where I live the climate is damp for most of the winter months. Moss certainly adds colour to the dank vegetation. It is a sign of life when all around it seems dead or dormant.

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    DREAM ON 8 years ago

    In nature the moss looks great.Sometimes the moss grows on the foundations of your house and where it's not wanted.Nice hub.

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    Obscurely Diverse 8 years ago from Tennessee, U.S., Earth, Milky Way via Cosmos

    Well, if I had my own log cabin out in the wild, I might go seek out some moss to kill, you use as an excellent alternate, natural form of insulation.

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    Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

    Thanks for this wonderful hub. I had no idea how wonderful moss could be. I've never took the time to stop and study it.

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    Cagsil 8 years ago from USA or America

    Thank you Deborah-lynn. I've never looked at moss up close or realized that there more different kinds. I learned something new, much appreciated. :)

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    Flightkeeper 8 years ago from The East Coast

    DL, I've never even thought of moss the way you have pictured it. It is beautiful.

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    "Quill" 8 years ago

    Moss is great to see anywhere it is prolific, especially in nature deep in the wilderness.

    Natives use moss a considerable amount as a healing agent as well.

    Blessings Great Huib

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    Deborah-Lynn 8 years ago from Los Angeles, California

    Thank you Charlie, guess there is a practical reason for not wanting moss, geeze, it would be alot of work to move all your flagstone, livng where you do it just grows where it doesn't need to be...I actually cultivate it here and there in my has to be coaxed along!

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    ralwus 8 years ago

    Well, I love the mosses, but not on my flagstone patio. It get very slick and it is a paint to get rid of without using a power washer or some chemical which I abhor. Also here where I live, it gets on the roof and causes many problems with the shingles. Those are the reasons I can see for killing it.