Hi, I'm embarking on creating a Japanese garden, and I'm fascinated by, and addicted to moss.
Please advise if you can:
I live in Canberra, Australia (Zone 7 = cool temperate climate, uniform rainfall). I'd like to see moss growing everywhere, all over the garden beds, paths and even the boles of the trees, and ultimately even to replace the lawn - I happened once to tread barefoot on some moss in the lawn, and it took my breath away. I actually lingered on the moss, my breathing slowed and became deeper. I've since taken to slipping my shoes off and walking on the moss when I can.
Does anyone have any secrets to establishing swathes of moss? How do I get it to spread and naturalise? How do I maintain it without breaking the laws on domestic water conservation?
Somewhere in my travels I heard of placing moss in a blender with yoghurt and whizzing it up and applying it to rocks etc. I've never tried this since my kitchen equipment is for food, so I wonder if anyone has this experience to recommend it, or know of something else I can try.