Moss in Flower bed

I've just been planting tulips and alliums in the long border. I'd already cut down the perennials and I thought it was ready to plant. But it's now full of bright green moss that wasn't there before all the rain we've had and fallen brown leaves. I've raked it off where I've planted the bulbs, but should I get rid of it all or will it provide winter protection?


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 47,046

    I'd just break up the surface with a hoe or rake.  The moss has formed because the surface has been compacted by the rain.  

    If you stop taking chances, you'll stay where you sit. You won't live any longer, but it'll feel like it.” 
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 12,418

    Thanks Dove. It compacts easily, clay. But I've dug loads of manure in over the years.

  • Joyce21Joyce21 Posts: 12,689

    I wear a rough-palmed rubber glove (over the surface) to remove most of the moss from a damp north-facing area.

    SW Scotland
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