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A Natural Versus A Native Garden

Getting Moss To Establish On Rocks

Eric feels the beautiful rock walls are impressive. They are not traditional stack stone walls, but actually a dry wall which is incredibly difficult to make, there's a real artistry to making them. Matching up the different sizes of stones is no easy task. They're set on a slight slope so that water can perk through. The stones are basically held in place by gravity.

The walls feed into a beautiful lawn and to Eric that's a fish out of water since this is a natural garden. Why turf? Don has grass here because it's beautiful and functional. Beauty and function are 2 pretty important things. The functional is - over the years family and friends have used this lawn. There's been tennis here, they've played back and forth, badminton, sun bathing, a number of things. It's been an important part of family activities and they take place right between the pond and house. The boulders are a nice element in the lawn. The boulders pop up, as discussed earlier. They're mostly buried and break the large expanse of green space and bring a natural beauty to a very functional lawn area.

Many gardeners, especially those with shade gardens want their boulders to look natural, thus want moss growing on top of the boulder. But it's hard to get moss to establish. A great way to grow moss on a boulder is to collect some moss, put it in a blender with some buttermilk and then spread it out on the rock. In a short period of time you'll have a nice crop of moss on your rocks, providing a natural look.

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