Green Roof Moss
Mosses have been used for years in Europe
for green roof applications. The shade loving mosses available
from Moss Acres are now being specified and used on several
green roof projects in the U.S. at shady locations where
conventional green roof plants are less ideal.
In a green roof application it appears
that moss requires an inch or less of medium and can tolerate
extensive periods of lack of rainfall once established.
Provided it is located in a shaded or partially shaded
roof location, moss can contribute to creating a truly
bio-diverse green roof.
Moss is also lightweight and can dry out
for weeks on end, only to absorb significant amounts of
water and return to it's lush appearance soon after a rain
event - the perfect traits for any green roof plant.
Mosses can add uniquely appealing colors
and textures to green roof projects, and because Moss Acres
ships three of its four varieties of mosses boxed dry,
moss can be incredibly easy and cost-effective to install
on green roof projects.
Upon attending a wedding recently, owner
of Moss Acres, Al Benner looked up and snapped this photo.
It shows a conventional asphalt shingled roof covered with
naturally occuring Haircap and Hypnum / Fern moss, right beneath
the shade of an oak tree. Beautiful, cooling, and water
absorbing - nature has it figured out all by itself!
If you have a green roof project you would
like to discuss, please give us a call, we too are learning
all the ins and outs of moss and roofs, but based upon
what we are seeing so far, moss seems to be well suited
for many applications on green roofs...