If you have an area in your yard where the grass just won't thrive, consider moss as an alternative. Moss is available in many different, lovely textures and shapes. It can also be found in nearly endless shades of green; from dark green to medium to light to green with a silver cast. Some mosses require total shade and high moisture, but there are also mosses that will thrive in partial sun and with less water. Some mosses don't like to be walked on, but, then, many don't mind some traffic. These beautiful plants are quite versatile and adaptable. Even those that prefer high moisture will survive a dry spell by merely going dormant and will then snap right back when the rain comes. A mixture of several of them will create a beautiful display and a feeling of peace and tranquility unmatched by grass, and the effect can be increased by the addition of other shade lovers, such as ferns and hostas. Moss makes a perfect setting, as well, for a whimsical fairy garden. Mosses offer many other advantages as well. They are easy to plant and maintain. No digging is required to establish them. Just clear the ground of debris and press your plants into the soil. They will need occasional watering for a few months until they are found, but, afterward, they will be quite a drought tolerant and will spread readily.
They will never require mowing, insecticides, pesticides or fertilizers. They will attract mysterious creatures to your garden, such as frogs and salamanders. The animals and beneficial insects that love moss will not eat them, nor will deer feed on them. While mosses do not thrive beneath conifers, they are quite happy beneath other trees and shrubs where grass complains and withers. So, to conserve water, save labor, limit chemicals and add beauty, plant moss, moss and more moss.