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“Looking for moss”

by Prince Of Petworth April 10, 2017 at 1:15 pm 9 Comments

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“Dear PoPville,

This is a random question, but I remember reading something from the forum about a DC resident looking for moss to transplant to their yard. I think this was in the past 12 months, although I’ve searched both the forums and the blog, and can’t seem to find the post. I would also like to acquire some moss to transplant into my shaded, muddy, tiny backyard. Any leads on where I can get some? Should I just try to gather a small bit the next time I’m in the woods?”

  • ilikemosstoo

    Lowes in Alexandria had 2 kinda of moss when I was there on the 2nd.

    Dont take moss from the woods :(

    • navyard

      Doesn’t all moss get collected from the woods and then sold to Lowe’s or HD or wherever? Not all moss collectors use “best practices” or even agree with what practices are “best” for collecting moss. So I think I’d rather someone educate themselves, learn to leave enough behind, and take it themselves rather than buy it through a channel that is not regulated, yet where people who are dependent on the income from finding and selling it are the ones who determine how much to leave behind.

      I’m not an expert by any means, but someone is taking it from the woods…why not the OP?

  • a_w

    Lowes in NE DC had some on Saturday.
    Or maybe give Fragers or Ginko Gardens in SE a call first.

  • Idontgetit

    There are several online sources for purchasing moss. Also Google “moss milkshake”

    • textdoc

      Brings all the boys to (literally) your yard?

      • Idontgetit


  • jaseguy30

    PoPville: The #1 Place to Find Information about Turtles and Moss For Your DC Home

  • Keith Richards

    Do NOT check with Mick Jagger.
    (A rolling stone gathers no moss!)

  • Michele

    moss milkshake, I actually did a tour of their grounds it was quite lovely, they have workshops you can attend which teach you more about the methods of transplanting and what works best for what soils. Their next workshop is in October, it really is worth the time and money. http://store.mossacres.com/category_s/1966.htm you can get the moss milkshake online through them too. The workshop also gives you instructions to make your own milkshake, basically grab a much of different types of moss, blend them together with a can of beer or milk and spread it in the desired location, the moss most suitable for that area will over take the weaker ones.


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