This page has extra info about moss and grass- the history of moss, the history of grass lawns, links about moss and grass, photos for your viewing pleasure, and a video or two because hey, if you're on this page you're either extra interested or extra cynical- so see for yourself!
Moss is the first plant to grow on land. Moss (Bryophyte) made the transition from the ocean to live on land. It's the most ancient plant alive today- imagine 500 million years of hardiness. Moss is how the surface of the earth turned from barren rock into dirt. It's native everywhere, one only a few plants native to all seven continents. Moss covered rocks which allowed vascular (taller) plants to take root, which breaks down rocks into dirt. Vascular structures transport fluid allowing plants to get bigger, taller. Moss doesn't have roots, roots are vascular, moss has rhizoids to stay in place. Moss gets it's energy from it's surfaces.
Grass lawns first appeared in medieval times, circa 1,000 years sgo, in Europe. Grass lawns were status symbols for the very few wealthy Lords. It was a status symbol mainly because the domesticated (turf) grass had to be 'mowed'. Lords had servants, who 'mowed' by hand. Lords also had expensive livestock that would graze- 'mow'.
These are inconvenient truths- turf grass pollutes while growing. After lawns are cut the grass pollutes at 180 times more than when growing. Lawn mowers pollute 30 times more than cars. Lawn mowers have been popular since around 1950.
If you feel a little out of it each Spring, tired, sleepy, even dazed- it's almost certainly because of grass growing and being mowed. When growing, not at night, grass exhales- air pollution (volitile organic chemicals, VOC'z). Other plants do too. The super significant thing about grass is, when it's mowed, it produces almost 200 times more air pollution, for several hours. What if there's only been like one scientific research project on the air pollution of turf grass lawns gorwing and being cut?
Grass is super-alergenic, moss is the opposite- hypo-alergenic. In the summer when grass reproduces, grass causes; runny nose, watery eyes, itchy throat and sneezing.
Moss is a bio-indicator of excellent air quality. Moss doesn't grow well in areas of air pollution. That's why there's more moss on, for example, the west coast of America, because our air is filtered by the Pacific ocean, since air comes from that direction almost exclusively. Whereas on the east coast of the USA, the air and water come from the west, but the air and water are affected by pollution created in the western populated areas. So, for example, east of Chicago, even if other conditions are conducive for moss growth, moss doesn't grow, because of metals in the pollution that dissolve everywhere.
Mosses provide more carbon offset than all the trees in the world. What if that is accurate?
Mosses have been used by folks for many thousands of years for many interesting things such as pillow stuffing, diapers and wound dressings.
Moss is nutral. Moss does not feed on anything that it is attached to. It only breaks down rocks and dead trees etc that it's on because it's moist and water is a solvent.
Moss is weird! It doesn't spread by roots, it simply swells, grows. It throws up microscopic spores which, like other plant seeds, are so light they float on seemingly zero wind. The spores are zero affect on animals- non allergenic, non-pollen. Moss is sensitive to absorbing metal so it won't go under drip lines of metal things like fences. The only way to kill moss is metal disolved in water.
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More unfunny things people do to fight weeds- toxic chemical (casaron), propane flame throwers (we've seen 'em), borders of all kinds (that weeds ignore), vinegar (hay it's organic), cardboard (desperation), use a grabber (one of those arm extention pinchy claws to grab things up high), toxic chemical (glycophosphate),