Mosses are commonly regarded as a dangerous risk
for any gardening or cultivation activity in the broadest sense of the word.
As a consequence they are tolerated only
in a few cultural reservation areas: as a 'bottom carpet' in gift baskets or
on the roofs of nativity mangers. There appears to exist some kind of
virtual tolerance as well, indicated e.g. by a Windows® screen saver
with a densely moss covered cottage.
But most real estate owners do not like any moss growth on their roof tiles
or gateways. Those moss cushions tend to be steam blasted or erased even by
chemical means: "you see, the pavement becomes soooooooooo slippery
with the moss on it, very dangerous for grandma, and the roof tiles quickly
crumble away ... ").
Only few of the killing individuals are actually aware of the harmless micro
beauties which they are destroying in order to reach some kind of
misunderstood 'cleanliness' - not to speak of the collateral tardigrade
killing, of course.
Starting with 20fold magnification it becomes clear that the mosses are
among the real beauties in kingdom of plants: