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One of my borders which is in shade has a lot of moss growing in the soil and is quite damp.  How do I get rid of the moss so it doesn't come back?  Do I need to add anything to the soil to help? Once the moss has gone I would like to plant some perennials but not sure what to put there but don't want anything that grows too big.  Any help much appreciated as new to gardening.


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,817
    The moss is there because it's the ideal conditions for it  :)
    You can scrape it away, but the more planting you have, the  less moss there'll be. 
    There are lots of perennials which grow well in damp shady locations.
    Have a look here for ideas

    I grow ferns, Polemonium, Dicentra, Geraniums, Primulas and Hellebores in shady damp borders, as well as various bulbs. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Many thanks - I will get out and scrape/dig the moss away and try and keep it away until next Spring for planting and try to decide what bulbs on buy!
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