How to Grow Moss Between a Flagstone

Overview

A lush, green carpet of moss is the best way to soften the hard edges of a flagstone walkway, and will give your landscape a rich and welcoming, naturally woodsy appearance. Once the moss is planted, the plants will thrive with virtually no care; as it spreads, it will help to deter weeds and grass from sprouting between your flagstones. Moss is an evergreen plant and will stay green all year.

Step 1

Purchase moss at a garden store or nursery, or harvest existing moss growing on your property. Moss can often be found in damp places near a faucet or along a building foundation. If you don't have moss, ask a neighbor if they are willing to share. Peel up pieces of moss with a trowel, putty knife or table knife.

Step 2

Pull any weeds or grass that has grown up between your flagstones. Moisten the soil around the flagstones and the bottoms of the moss. Lay the moss on the soil between the flagstones so the roots make contact with the soil. Alternately, place a piece of cardboard over the moss and step firmly on the cardboard.

Step 3

Water the moss immediately after planting, and water it every day for three weeks. After that time, the moss won't need water unless it begins to look dry or lighter in color.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never harvest moss from public property without permission.

Things You'll Need

  • Moss
  • Trowel, putty knife or table knife
  • Cardboard (optional)

References

  • Gardening Know How: Low-Growing Plants to Plant Along or in a Walkway
  • Moss Acres: How to Grow Moss on Patio
  • Porch and Patio Ideas: Decorate Your Patio with Moss
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About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.