Moss walls are awesome. Making one yourself isn’t very hard as long as you have a shaded wall, moss and a way to keep it moist. I’ll guide you through the steps on how to create a moss wall yourself.
What Is A Moss Wall?
There are two types of moss walls. Indoor moss walls are usually made from preseved moss and outdoor moss walls are made from live moss. Most of the outdoor moss walls are made from living moss. A living moss wall can live up to 25 yearss if you keep it moist and out of the sun.
Indoor moss walls are a beautiful way to spruce up any room and bring some life into your home. They’re made of preserved natural materials, so you can rest assured that they won’t have any negative effect on your health. They create a sense of calm and tranquility you just can’t find anywhere else. You can really get creative with how you design them and they’re a great way to bring the outdoors inside of your home. You can really get creative with how you design them; they’re perfect for any space and any budget!
What Do You Need To Make A Moss Wall?
First off, if you want to make an outdoor moss wall, you need to have a shaded wall and you need to keep it moist. Unless you work with preserved moss of course. To build a moss wall you’ll need:
- A frame and/or a wall;
- Backing (in case you use a frame);
- Preserved or live moss;
- Twine or (chicken) wire;
- Wood glue or staple gun;
- Floral pins or a hot glue gun;
- Additional accessories (living or preserved);
What Kind of Moss Can I Use For A Moss Wall?
You can’t just pick any moss and throw it on your wall. Sheet moss is one of the most common types of moss for walls because it grows in sheets but it depends if you want a moss wall outdoor or inside.
We recommend using preserved moss for indoors. The good thing about preserved moss is that is has a lot of colors and only little maintainance. You don’t need to water it because it’s not alive.
You can use a variety of moss for a moss wall outside but it all depends on the area you live in. If you order a variety of moss from us, we’ll check first where you live so we can ship a collection of mosses that do well in the area.
How To Attach Moss To The Moss Wall
If you’ve got a really shaded wall with a flat surface, this may be the best method. You need to either: attach the moss to the wall with a long, grassy plant stalk. Using twine or wire you’ll use to string them up in a bundle either attach the moss with a small, rubberized tube, and run a length of wire through the base of the tube.
The second possibility is using chicken wire. This method is very simple. Attatch the chicken wire to the wall and stuff it with moss. Use a lot of moss if you can and make sure you keep it moist.
How To Care For An Indoor (Preserved) Moss Wall?
First off, when it’s done growing you need to make sure you dry it out as well. Moss is like a damp sponge so if you don’t dry it out it’ll go from lush and green to shriveled and brown. The easiest way to do this is to bury the wall, and just leave it alone. Take a wire brush to the moss, and rub the soil and moss out of the wall. You’ll probably need to do this every now and then. Make sure you don’t over do it, or you’ll create moss slime on your wall. Once it’s dry again you can get your moss on to the wall and you’ll be good to go. You’ll probably want to paint the moss if you’re using it on your wall. You can use an outdoor paint and spray it on there.
How To Care For An Outdoor (Living) Moss Wall?
The most important factor for a living moss wall is that it is in a shaded area. Most moss can’t deal with more than 2-3 hours of sunlight. The second factor is humidity. If possible, make sure the wall stays moist at all time. Dont’ use tap water but natural water instead (rainwater, lake water, e.g.). It that is not available, make sure the water is filtered.
Does Live Moss Damage The Wall?
No, it does not but the moss can stain the wall. You also need living moss moist and that can damage certain walls. To remove moss stains from a wall you can follow the next steps:
- Rinse the wall until it’s dripping.
- Mix 1 gallon of water with 1/2 cup of bleach in a plastic bucket.
- Use a brush broom and start at the bottom of the wall.
- Rinse the mixture off the stone with a water hose.
- Air dry the wall.
Are Moss Walls Expensive?
No. Especially since you’re going to do a lot of your prep work yourself (except for the moss!). We sell 5 sq feet of live moss for 75 dollars and you can use a lot of natural materials. The only costs that you have are the initial costs. After that, there are no maintanance costs during the lifetime of the moss wall.