The awl bryce or Irish moss began to grow as a decorative lawn cover as early as the 19th century. True, this is not quite moss, and grass in the classical sense can not be called. A short, grassy plant forms green pads. When there are a lot of them in one place, it really resembles a mossy emerald carpet. During the flowering period, the green shoots produce small white five-leafed flowers, from which the lawn becomes even more beautiful.
Having branchy creeping stems and easily rooting shoots, the moss shyloid moss grows very quickly, forming a thick natural carpet. Ban "Do not walk on lawns!" the plant does not apply. The more bristling bryozoa, the more dense the thickets will be. But intact, it grows unevenly, forming mounds.
The plant is unpretentious to environmental conditions. Easily tolerates drought, frost. Does not require special care: unlike traditional lawn grass, lawns covered with bryozoans do not need to constantly mow. In winter, in the absence of snow, experts advise to still hide the plant under the film.
It is recommended to periodically loosen the soil. Mineral dressing does not hurt (several times during the season). Then your lawn will always be rich green, thick and very beautiful.
The plant has one amazing property — a thick, dense green carpet cannot penetrate a single weed. And also the pest is not afraid of pests, except aphids.
How to grow shoots?
You can buy seeds for seedlings in hardware and flower shops. The weight of the bag usually does not exceed 0.01 g. However, the seeds in the package are sufficient, since they are very small.
To seed planted shoots, they are not planted immediately into the soil. First, sowing is carried out in boxes. The soil prepared for seedlings needs to be moistened, then carefully sprinkle the seeds over the surface and cover with a film.
It is not recommended to pour much, because in the period of germination the plant does not like moisture. It will be enough to lower the soil moisture. Abundant watering is not required even during a drought. However, as soon as the shoots pass into the stage of intensive development, frequent watering is allowed (to stimulate growth and growth).
Planting in the soil can begin with the second half of April. Bushes-bumps are planted singly by diving at a short distance from each other (50-100 mm). As it was mentioned, the bristle usually gets accustomed well, but in the first 14 days after disembarking it is necessary to water the lawn daily. In the future, 2-3 irrigations per week are sufficient for the plant.
Mshanka is also unpretentious to the quality of the soil, it is well acclimatized on sunny lawns and in the shade. Florists still recommend planting gravel and sand compost in the soil.
On the open ground, the brat is very well and reproduces quickly enough. Before ripening, the seeds are in peculiar boxes, which at a certain moment simply burst, releasing the contents. Small seeds are easily picked up by the wind and scatter in all directions. Just a few days, and they sprout.
Another method of reproduction is transplantation of sod-tufts. Only this should be done before the period of cold weather, so that the bristle has time to take root.
Used in landscape design, the awl-shaped bryoshka receives only the most positive reviews. After all, it can be used not only as a cover when setting up a lawn, but also when creating alpine slides, volumetric sculptures, a rock garden, flower beds. If the landscape of the site has a relief that is inconvenient to mow, then Irish moss as a lawn cover here is the best possible way.
And if at the dacha you want to equip a green island for children's games, then an unpretentious bryoshka will come to the rescue, because the plant is resistant to trampling.
- Sergey, 46 years old: “This amazing plant was discovered several years ago. The first planting was performed as an experiment. Since then, significant changes have taken place in the courtyard of my house: a dense green carpet of bratworm decorates all garden paths, and it is a pleasure to walk on it. The plant is unpretentious to weather conditions, does not require special care. During the flowering period exudes a delicate, pleasant aroma. "
- Alena, 40 years old: “For 2 years, the green lawn from the bryouse at the house was pleasing to the eye. But over time, soil bald spots began to appear somewhere, the plant began to" clump up ". My husband decided to combine greenery and paving slabs. .
Do not confuse Irish and Iceland moss. The latter refers to a variety of lichens, in contrast to the decorative bryozoa is applicable in medicine. Especially for the treatment of cough. Irish cough moss is not used.
If you want to quickly and effortlessly plant your yard or choose an unpretentious plant for lawn covering, your choice is awl-shaped bryoshka. Preparation of seedlings does not require special knowledge, so even an amateur gardener will cope with the task.