Ever Heard of Stapling Moss to the Garden Path?

Here’s the story. I have created a garden pathway using a medley of materials for the stepping stones. Some concrete pavers from the garden center, some leftover bricks, some pieces of broken concrete from a remodel, even some 4×4 tiles from the hardware store (I planted them face down, so the rough back surface is what you walk on.)

Then, I wanted some greenery in between, to soften the look and to smooth out the edges for easier walking. So I brought in bits and pieces of moss that I had dug up from another location. Fitting them snug up against the stones was actually fun, rather like playing with a jigsaw puzzle.

What I didn’t plan very well was how to keep the puzzle pieces in place until they took root. For two straight days I watered them in really well. But then the third day, when I was away from the house all day, it was sunny and everything dried out.

The birds spent the day playing ping-pong with my pieces of moss.

I painstakingly replaced every puzzle piece, but clearly I needed to find some way to anchor them in place. I tried toothpicks, but they keep breaking on me. Necessity is a mother, they say, and after cruising the aisles at the hardware store I finally came up with something that worked.

Electrical staples. Those two-pronged pointy things that electricians use to hold wires in place during construction. Works a treat.

So yes, I have now stapled my moss to my garden path.

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