I'm trying to replace some of the grass in my lawn (in the shadier parts of it) with moss. How should I go about doing that?
Moss grows in a variety of environments and plants like Irish Moss may be of interest to you as well given the similar appearance.
Moss cannot out compete grasses or other perennials except in special environments (think temperate rain forest).
- You would need to remove the competitors such as grasses.
- provide shade
- provide a soil that is damp or retains moisture well (peat moss helps)
- low traffic area
- allow for weeding to remove wind blown seeds
@Ed Staub You're right that there are factors that are not clearly understood about moss growth. I have a patch just out the front door: north facing, heavily compacted, heavy foot traffic, clay base soil. This is not an ideal environment for anything much less moss.