Moss-covered statues add timeless beauty to gardens. Tucked into shady areas, these works of art remain moss covered as long at the area is moist and remains in the shade for the majority of the day. Dappled morning sun enhances the beauty, but avoid areas that receive full sun during the afternoon hours. Although it is likely that moss will grow naturally in time, you can hurry the process by making your own moss starter.
Gather moss from your property by gently peeling the moss free of old logs or stones. Look for moss growing in similar amounts of shade as your location. Shake gently to remove excess soil and debris. Some soil is actually desired, so remove only that which comes free easily.
Crumble or tear the moss into 1 to 2 inch sections with your hands. Measure 2 cups of moss and set it aside.
Add 2 cups of water to your blender. If your tap water is treated with chlorine or other additives, allow it to sit overnight to remove the chemicals, or purchase distilled water.
Drop the moss into the water in the blender. Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon to distribute the moss.
Pour in 2 cups of buttermilk and stir again. Place the lid securely on the blender.
Blend on medium for approximately one minute or until the mixture is smooth and the moss is blended with the other ingredients.
Paint the mixture on your statue with a large paint brush. For best effects, leave some areas bare so that when the moss grows in will appear natural.
Keep the moss mixture moist by misting with plain water once or twice a day, or more often if it dries out. Within a few weeks, the moss will begin to grow and will become more pronounced as it matures.