How to Landscape With Moss Rock


Easy to maintain and slow growing are just two of the many reasons some gardeners fall in love with moss. Moss is a shade-loving plant that can range in color from bright green to purple. It is an excellent accent for ponds and can be intricately layered to produce artwork in your yard. When attached to rocks, moss landscaping can provide green pathways, water feature accents or even act as an edger for tree or flowerbeds.

Step 1

Sketch your current yard, detailing the shady and sunny areas, as well as areas that are primarily dry or moist. For example, if there is a pond under a tree, then mark the area as moist and shady. It is important to specify the shady, damp areas, as this environment is the friendliest to moss.

Step 2

Decide what function the moss rocks will serve. Consider whether they will function as a trail, ground cover or edger.

Step 3

Install proper irrigation. Moss must be kept moist to thrive. For the brightest color, it should be moistened daily with a short sprinkling.

Step 4

Set up your rocks. Moss is a slow-growing plant, so once the rocks are in the desired locations and are receiving enough moisture, your job is done. The moss will grow and spread on its own.


  • Flickr: Moss Checkers
  • Flickr: Moss Garden
  • Penn State Cooperative Extension: Moss Gardening
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