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Sunday, April 05, 2009

Why Moss is Greener than Grass: Replace Your Lawn with Moss

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Most people love the look of a rich, green lawn. Imagine looking out your front window and seeing that beautiful deep green color, and then going outside and feeling the soft lushness beneath your bare feet. Because many people harbor this little fantasy, a green lawn is one of the most important selling points in a home. Unfortunately having a green lawn can be quite expensive, time consuming to maintain, and put a lot of stress on the environment. Fortunately, there is a better alternative out there: replacing your grass with moss…

It might seem strange to be replacing your green grass with moss, but it’s an excellent way to have a green lawn without a lot of the hassles. There are several benefits for replacing your grass with moss. Some of the benefits include reduced water consumption, reduced maintenance costs, reduced pesticide and herbicide use and of course the beautiful look and feel of moss.

A reduction in water consumption is a very good reason to replace your grass with moss. Keeping your grass green during the summertime can cost a whole lot of money in increased water bills, but more than that, high water consumption also has a negative effect on the environment. Water is a scarce resource and it’s a resource that needs to be managed well. Replacing your grass with moss is a great way to do your part to help the environment through water conservation.

The other benefit of replacing your grass with moss is the reduced maintenance costs associated with moss. Since moss doesn’t grow tall like grass does, there is no need to mow your lawn. Therefore, you can eliminate either the Saturday morning mow-fest necessary to keep your grass in top shape or the cost of hiring someone to do it for you. You can also get rid of that gasoline-driven lawn mower that belches smoke into the local environment. You can put the money and time you save to other, much better uses. The reduction in maintenance costs alone is a good reason for replacing your grass with moss.

Reducing pesticide and herbicide use is a great benefit of replacing your grass with moss. Unfortunately, lawns are not naturally green. In order to have the great look that we associate with a healthy lawn, there needs to be regular application of herbicides, pesticides and even fertilizers in order to maintain a healthy appearance. While herbicides and pesticides do improve the look of your lawn, just remember that your family and pets come into close contact with them each time they touch that beautiful grass. In addition, any water that runs off such a chemically-laden lawn usually ends up trickling into the neighborhood storm drain and out to sea.  This, in turn, reaches an unintended and unprotected target. Moss is the perfect solution for the homeowner with a conscience since it doesn’t require the untold amounts of herbicides and pesticides that a healthy lawn needs.

Probably the best benefit of all to replacing your grass with moss is the beautiful look and feel of moss. Moss used for landscaping is not the same as the moss you find growing on the side of trees. There are many different types of moss, with many shades of green, a wide range of textures, and many levels of thickness. This moss is just as beautiful and comfortable as any green grass you can find, and then some. Needless to say, you don’t lose any of the look and feel of a beautiful lawn when you replace your grass with moss.

Replacing your grass with moss can be an excellent way to save money and help preserve and protect nature. A traditional grass lawn comes burdened with cost, chemicals, and an ongoing time commitment. You can truly have a beautiful lawn with fewer hassles thanks to the natural, healthy beauty of moss.

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Posted by casey on 04/05 at 09:29 PM
BuildingLandscaping & Sitework

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