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Create Your Own Moss For Your Garden Statues And Rocks

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If you're just starting out in creating a beautiful backyard landscape with statues and rocks, you might wonder how to get the look of an established garden quicker. One of the aspects of an established garden is the moss that eventually grows on concrete structures and rocks. The problem is that it takes a long time for moss to begin growing. If you don't want to wait, you can get a jumpstart by making your own moss with this handy guide.

Step 1: Purchase Your Materials

There are several materials and supplies that you'll need to get started. Pick these things up and you'll be well on your way:

  • porcelain clay from a hobby store
  • fish emulsion from a garden center
  • fresh shredded moss from a nursery or garden center
  • a bucket
  • one pair of rubber gloves
  • one paintbrush
  • spray bottle

Step 2: Create a Thin Paste

Put on your rubber gloves. Pour about three cups of water into the bucket and add about a handful of porcelain clay. Work the water into the clay with your hands until you have a thin paste.

Step 3: Add Fish Emulsion and Moss

Add about a cup of fish emulsion and the same amount of moss. Because fish emulsion is a fertilizer, you'll want to use it at full strength. This helps the moss to grow on concrete or natural rock.

Use your hands to mix these two ingredients into the paste well.

Step 4: Paint the Mixture on Your Statues and Rocks

Dip the paintbrush into the mix and apply it to your rocks and statues. Apply liberally to cracks and scratches because moss grows quicker in these spots.

Step 5: Mist the Statues and Rocks

After you have applied the mix in the spots you want to jumpstart moss growth, mist the objects frequently with water in the spray bottle. In doing so, be careful not to wash off the mix.

Consideration: This method works on concrete statues and natural rocks. Moss also grows on rocks that you make with concrete, but it will not grow on rocks or statues made from plastic because the material is too slippery, and there are typically no cracks or scratches.

In just a few weeks, the fake moss you've applied grows into real moss and it make its appearance on your rocks and statues. Ask a landscaper (such as one from Headman Lawn Care and Christmas Lighting) for other areas where you can use fake moss to make your garden look more established.