Can i compost moss?

I have raked the moss from my lawn & have filled my brown bin, plus several bags with it? Can i compost moss, or is that a bad idea because their seeds will spread in the compost? Thanks


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 5,008
    Hi Sam
    I done exactly that a few years ago.
    I left the moss for 2 years to mulch down. It looked dead, but a few days after spreading it, it was all bright green and happily growing again.
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,513
    I wouldn't compost it :#  ... but you could use it to line hanging baskets etc.  
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  • Sam76Sam76 Posts: 76
    Thought not. Thanks!
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 15,254
    Same here, doesn’t break down, maybe over several years but not as quick as your compost. We don’t put it in the compost bin. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • UpNorthUpNorth South Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK Posts: 342
    what would someone do with, say, two builders bags full of lawn moss?  :open_mouth:   i'm talking compressed here....and full.

    that's just two lawns.  i could do the others and have ten builders bags, but my back won't take it. ( and that's an electric scarifier).

    i have had piles of them each year ( i do a lawn or two, each year)....moss mountains.    one that is four years old....covered with ivy long ago, however i picked some up last weekend, see if i had some nice compost or mulch.....NOPE!   four years later the moss is still very much evident and not rotted.  

    so.....what do i do with so much darned moss?  
  • Rik56Rik56 WiganPosts: 293
    edited 26 March
    Dry it & burn it.
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 2,383
    edited 26 March
    Rik56 said:
    Dry it & burn it.

    In many places, burning garden waste is not allowed. It's the case where I live.
    When I scarify my lawn I have a lot of moss to dispose of. It's pretty obvious that moss does not compost (in our domestic compost bins anyway). So I take my moss to the local waste deposit, in the garden waste section. They have industrial (?) composters which I expect does what is necessary to make compost out of almost anything (except plastic Xmas trees, of course).
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • adamadamantadamadamant Posts: 139
    Would a hot composter deal with the moss though do you think?  I have some too.
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 1,556
    I've also tried putting moss in the compost bin.  As others have said, it doesn't break down (or not fast enough). My lawn moss and thatch normally goes in the garden waste bin, but I think the scarifying will have to be left until Autumn this year when hopefully the green bin collections will have restarted. If it gets really bad and I feel that I have to scarify, I think I'll stack it separately until it can be collected or taken to the recycling centre (both unavailable just now).
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 15,254
    Waste depots are closed here @Papi Jo
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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