How wonderful it is to take a stroll through our magical green forests, to walk on the smooth surface of soil and grass - and sometimes even on a bouncy soft forest floor - on wild moss. You probably wish you could always have this experience. You could, of course, take a photo of the moss, but that´s not the same. But what if I told you that there is another way to bring the lush green of wild moss onto your very own walls at home or even your workspace? That you can invite nature indoors in magnificent dimensions? Here is your chance to find out how, so let me introduce you to the company WildesMoos (literally "wild moss").
Did you know…
Moss is among the most ancient plants and there are around 12,000 species around the world. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, ”Mosses are small, avascular, spore-bearing plants of the category Bryophyta.“ Just as forests and other environments differ, so does the wild, green carpet growing in them. Mosses can survive long dry periods of several months and some species can even cope with desert conditions.
They are very resilient and survive even when their cells are nearly dried out by shutting down their metabolism. More highly developed and complicated plants would die under similar conditions. The mosses switch to a minimum survival mode and as soon as it rains, they come back to life. In nature, mosses perform important functions - they absorb and store water, for example. Peat moss can absorb water 26 times its dry weight. Mosses are sensitive to pollutants in the air – and, therefore, serve as bio-indicators.
The presence or absence of a particular moss says a lot about the environmental conditions of a given area.
For example, if no moss grows, then that may indicate a lack of certain nutrients. The mosses are, therefore, also exemplary climate protectors. Peat moss in particular: this contributes decisively to peat production in bogs from incompletely decomposed organic materials. Researchers estimate that peat binds a total of 400 billion metric tons of airborne carbon (C) worldwide. If this were to enter the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas – e.g., carbon dioxide (CO2) or hydrocarbons such as methane (CH4) – the climate of the entire planet would be at risk. In many areas, people use dried peat as fuel – and thus release the stored carbon into the atmosphere. If you are interested to learn more about mosses, I can recommend you the reading ”Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses“ by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
WildesMoos uses moss meeting the highest environmental standards
Back to the company that is not only passionate about the subject itself, but brings you high quality mosses in the form of art works in your home, work offices and/or medical practices – WildesMoos. For years, the company has been working exclusively with assorted mosses from Scandinavia based on their favorable properties: for being attractive and fulfilling the highest environmental standards. The ecological moss material used for the evergreen installations comes from some selected private plantations.
How do you harvest moss?
The moss used for the installations grows in its natural environment like a wild carpet over stick and stone, is carefully harvested, hygroscopically preserved for the years to come and assembled again by hand into vertical moss landscapes. This means that the moss you see nicely embedded in the murals is real wild moss. The various plants and moss types do not belong to any endangered species and grow in an environment that is natural to them.
They are harvested by hand in compliance with all forestry regulations, so most varieties simply regrow on their own. Even the substances used for the hygroscopic preservation of the moss consist of minerals, dyes and glycerin on a purely biological basis and are, of course, harmless to health and the environment.
How did you come up with the idea of offering wild moss walls and what are the positive health effects?
For its owner, a moss wall means an evergreen, natural eye-catcher - and is the easiest way to bring a piece of nature into our homes. The enzymes of the forest are also preserved with the moss and have a positive effect on our well-being, strengthen our concentration, improves our inner balance – steady heartbeat and lowers the blood pressure noticeably.
In addition, moss walls have sound-absorbing abilities that make them very valuable for feel-well living comfort, caused by room acoustics improvements. A moss wall is also an indicator of healthy indoor air.
"WildesMoos brings people closer together with nature. And it is made to be as easy to care for and as effective as possible."
Owner and designer, WildesMoos
For which rooms are moss walls suitable?
Since the preserved mosses do not require daylight (see also below ”How long does a moss wall last“), a moss wall can be installed in a wide variety of different settings. In everyday life, moss landscapes can serve as an oases of well-being in the office as well as in a medical practice, waiting room, lobby or restaurant. Even in smaller rooms, such as a private living room, bathroom or bedroom, a wall design with moss unfolds its natural effect. In all areas, a moss wall offers not only a unique look, but also improved room acoustics for more comfortable working and living conditions.
Does the moss need moisture to stay alive?
A moss wall is care-free – no watering, spraying or the like is necessary for its preservation. Accordingly, hardly any follow-up expenses occur.
How long does a moss wall last?
Moss walls can be preserved for many years. As a rule of thumb, we revitalize them for the first time after about five years in order for them to continue to develop their full effect appearance and color. Especially very extreme room temperatures (below 10°C or above 27°C), high relative humidity (over 75% RH) and too intense sunlight or UV radiation can, however, cause problems for the moss. Therefore, the placement of our creations is also decisive for a long life, but we take care of this with our personal service in advance. Mechanical damage to the moss walls must be avoided in any case to achieve a long lifespan.
Is a moss wall also suitable for people with allergies?
Yes, our moss walls are absolutely unproblematic for allergy sufferers. Apart from the fact that natural moss does not produce a detectable allergic reaction in humans, the moss used cannot release any allergens due to a preservation process.
I am fascinated and impressed how wild mosses are being turned into great pieces of art. What about you? For more information please contact Andreas and visit his website www.wildesmoos.at