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Having lovingly raked our lawn we have a big pile of moss. Some is being collected by freecyclers to line baskets but I have lots left over. Can it go on the compost heap and if so will it rot as quickly as the rest? Any better uses (mulch?). Thank you!

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  • Posted: Wed. 8th April 2009 00:07

moss-tastic!

Reply from mark bullock

i would think moss was a fantastic addition to your compost heap. moss is superb at holding water so
will do a good job in the soil doing the same thing.
moss is also very quick to compost. so yes definitely, the more the better!

  • Posted: Wed. 8th April 2009 07:41

Composting moss

Reply from David Sewell

Hello Kate,
I think the best answer is probably to avoid composting it if you can - especially in large quantities. Moss doesn't rot down like other organic stuff and can simply become dormant-all ready to reinvigorate itself when you spread the contents of your compost heap on the garden….
Having said that when you mow your lawn there must be a bit of moss going into the compost heap anyway so in small amounts it's probably OK. I might be tempted to add something like Garotta just to speed up the composting process.
The best use I've found for moss is to let it dry out and then let the birds take it away to line their nests!
All best,
David

David Sewell NCH, NDH
http://www.the-gardenmakers.co.uk
http://www.landscaper.org.uk

  • Posted: Wed. 8th April 2009 18:29

Special offer!

Reply from Ann

Just to say if you would like some blue tits, robins and nuthatches to take your moss away just let me know. They have taken all of mine and put it in nest boxes before I have even planted up!!
Ann

  • Posted: Wed. 8th April 2009 19:16

Moss

Reply from David Sewell

Nuthatches?!! You're a lucky so and so - that's probably the only species I haven't had on my feeders that could potentially appear. Tell you want, I'll swap you a male siskin that appears each morning?!
All best,
David

David Sewell NCH, NDH
http://www.the-gardenmakers.co.uk
http://www.landscaper.org.uk

  • Posted: Wed. 8th April 2009 20:21

go for it

Reply from mark bullock

i use moss as a soil improver alot, if you make sure that you are using about 50% other materials
in yr mix you will have a very good source of humus so the water-holding capacity of yr soil will be greatly improved. so dont waste it, use it yourself.

  • Posted: Thu. 9th April 2009 09:00

at your peril...!

Reply from David Sewell

Mark,
You're absolutely right. However, the point I was trying to make is that moss doesn't die in your compost heap unless it's in very small quantities and once you spread the heap you spread the moss. Fine if you want moss potentially growing everywhere but most people probably don't. Using it as a soil improver is basically moss-propogation on an industrial scale so fair play to you - you're a braver man than me!
All best,
David

David Sewell NCH, NDH
http://www.the-gardenmakers.co.uk
http://www.landscaper.org.uk

  • Posted: Thu. 9th April 2009 09:36

Re: Can I compost moss?

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