Don’s Tips: Moss


When you go to Japan you see moss growing everywhere.

The Japanese don’t have grass or lawns at all – they use moss instead.  They place stepping-stones to allow people to walk over mossy areas.

These Japanese moss gardens are amongst the world’s most beautiful gardens.

Our harsh sun and dry climate in Australia can be hard on mosses, but you can still grow spectacularly beautiful moss gardens in shady, moist areas like beside the house or under trees.

You can collect moss from footpaths and general waste areas (although never from the bush!).

Use a paint scraper to collect it and lay it like carpet.

Moss loves daily light waterings, although it tolerates drying out really well.  It hides ugly bits of concrete too.

For more info on moss gardening, go to the Burke’s Backyard website and on to our YouTube channel.