But today in the sunshine I raked the leaves and mulched the flower beds. It felt good.
As I pulled leaves to one side, the bright green moss below was revealed. I'm all for letting nature do most of the work, and she comes through with the moss every time.
Such amazing stuff, the moss. Some of my neighbors are not as excited about our natural look, but I'm always able to find justification for my inclinations. From Garden Trappings:
Benefits of Moss
- Drought Tolerant/Uses less Water than Grass
- Low Maintenance/Never needs Mowing
- Hypo Allergenic
- Stays Green Throughout the Year
- Adds Beauty, Charm & Serenity
- Repels Weeds
- Prevents Soil Erosion"
What more could one ask for? Unfortunately the moss is mainly on the north side of the house, only about as far as the house blocks the sun in the summer. From that point on, natural means dandelions and clover. I'm working on justifications for that too. Clover's good for the soil and dandelions are such a beautiful yellow. And they're edible.
And as long as we have to yoyo up and down the West Coast, the garden is going to have to mostly look after itself.