Any yard on Cape Cod without the benefit of irrigation, fertilizer and herbicide, is referred to as a "Cape Cod Yard".
It's a yard where nature calls the shots and designs the landscape. There's a little grass, but equal parts pine needles, exposed sand and, if you're lucky, a bed of moss.
A primitive plant, moss has no vascular system, flower, seeds or roots. But the effect of a carpet of fluffy green can be spectacular.
There is no dormant season for moss. It stops growing during a dry spell but it will grow year round, even at less than 32 degrees.
There are more than 12,000 species of moss and two types-- acrocarpous and pleuropous.
The typical homeowner spends mightily to eliminate moss and weeds from his lawn, however there are other gardeners spending a small fortune to have a lawn of only moss. Installations can cost as much as $75,000 for 2,000 square feet of property, according to Annie Martin, a moss grower and expert in Brevard, North Carolina.
Moss growers supply the product by the square foot, and while you might be tempted to take home a piece of moss you find in the woods, there is growing backlash from people who say the woods are to be left the way they are. Once you have some moss of your own, you can take a spatula and run it beneath the plant to grab a thin layer of soil, break apart the moss and replant in a new spot. Eventually the plants will grow together.
To find out more about moss and how to grow and propagate it, go to MossandStoneGardens.com.
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