The growth of moss
Despite the fact that the moss belongs to the category of higher plants, it usually looks quite invisible against the backdrop of other vegetation. Unlike most other denizens of the forest, it has no flowers and roots, and the length of this plant is commonly 1-3 cm and rarely exceeds 5 cm.
However, moss is very hardy and able to survive in the most extreme climatic and environmental conditions, including, for example, dry or shaded area. Because of this and due to the lack of formed root system, moss can spread not only on earth but also on other surfaces in the forest, including tree trunks.
Settling on the trunks of trees are commonly moss reveals the specific features of the distribution. So, in most cases it appears on the North side of the trunk. This feature is even formed the basis of one of the signs, common among hunters, fishermen and other people who quite often in the wild. They argue that, looking at the tree trunk on which moss grows, it is possible to accurately determine where North is, and hence to set the position of the rest of the world. This can be useful in case people got lost in the woods and looking for a way out of the thicket.
Causes of growth
The fact is that, despite its simplicity, the moss, however, has certain preferences in relation to growth conditions and in the case that it may choose more favorable conditions, he chooses them. Thus in reality, the moss loves shady and moist places and cannot tolerate sun. In turn, that the North side of a tree trunk, as a rule, most of the day in the shadows, only occasionally getting in the sun. Therefore, the mosses prefer to grow on this part of the tree.
However, if moss comfortable conditions are created in a different manner, it may change their traditional habitat. So, in more dense, which never penetrates the sun, moss may cover the trunk of the tree from all sides, not only from the North.
In addition, great importance is the humidity in the growth of moss. For example, if the area where it grows, typical air flow with high humidity, traveling from the East, the moss is situated to the Eastern part of the trunk. If a tree has a slope, in which rainwater flows down along one of the sides of the barrel, there most likely will grow moss. Therefore, intending to determine the light at the place of concentration of moss, you should pay attention to other factors that could affect the place where it grows.
Advice 2 : How to plant moss
You plan to create original landscaped Park on a small plot of land and do not know how to plant moss? Simple tips professionals will allow you to create an original Alpine slide, where mountain plants will alternate with natural moss and stones of different shapes.
Creating a beautiful landscaped Park with ferns and lichens, first, learn best practices, how to plant moss, and then head to the forest or woods to gather source material. First, gather the source material for planting, examining the stumps on the floor, but especially beautiful is the moss that you can find in the sun. All the beautiful cushions of moss seize together with the soil, so they are well started already after landing, try to choose a moss different structure and size so that it is different shades.
Secondly, all the collected material bring on his land, carefully lay it on the surface of the earth, press down, and then pour, as the mosses love a sufficient amount of moisture. Before planting this plant, you can place it on a metal pallet, pre-loading, there is little water, and then proceed to the creation of the original terrain of your site. The moss should be planted, when it made an artificial pond, planted trees and other key plants of your landscape garden are correctly placed boulders and natural stones.
Remember that planting a moss starts from the edge of your site, so fill assembled in the forest of the material of the free surface of the site where you originally planned it. Draw on the ground the location of mosses, and when landing make a shallow notch, which is well cover with water. Expanding in such a deepening of the collected pieces of moss, remember that the edge fragments need to find the adjacent elements, and also to be outside the contour of the recess. Between the moss subsequently did not germinate weeds, cover the bottom of the deepening of a special material – geotextile, over which pour a little purified wet ground.
To natural moss is better settled down, planted it in the shaded areas of your landscape garden – around the artificial lake, under shady trees or shrubs. The ideal time for planting moss is the weather, when the air is humid, so if you don't have time to plant it in spring, then engaged in planting in September. Autumn rains will help to saturate the ground with moisture, and you planted the moss fast enough and well accepted, but if you will cover it for a week with plastic wrap under it will remain necessary moisture level.