Moss: The Biggest Killer for Patios & Driveways

Do you have moss growing on your patio or driveway? How unattractive can this look for your home, creating a dangerous hazard for trips, slips and falls for anyone visiting your property. You will want to get rid of the moss as soon as possible, unless you’re wanting to use it for a Halloween effect.

Here at RG Driveways-Solihull | Birmingham Hire, we have some handy tips to remove the fungus, so read on to find the eight tips that you wouldn’t want to miss.

Add Sunlight to remove Moss

If money is an issue, you will want to find the most affordable way possible, and something which doesn’t require any chemicals – so, possibly the healthiest. Expose the infected area to natural sunlight, remove any garden furniture from the patio or cars from the driveway, and let the sunshine directly shine on the mould.  

how to defeat moss from your patio

Moss doesn’t grow in sun-soaked and dry areas. Depending on how much there is, natural light may be the only solution that you will need.

Nobody Likes a Leak – Repair it now!

Poor garden maintenance letting you down? Broken pipes or sprinkler heads causing you to have an untidy garden? Make sure your remove any broken equipment or repair any that could be fixed to stop a collection of moisture entering the area.

This will also put you back in line and get you back to having a nice-looking garden that you will be proud of, just imagine the nicer the garden, the more times you can invite friends and family round for the BBQ in the summer.

Boiling Water

Boiling water for moss

This is another natural option to defeat moss from your patio or driveway, it’s just as simple as adding sunlight – in fact you can add both of these together. Simply pour the hot boiling water over the infected area and cracks.

Vinegar

Not just for your fish and chips, vinegar can be good naturally for getting rid of your unwanted weeds and infected areas, also moss too. However, you may find that you will need to treat the area multiple times to achieve the desired result, as this option isn’t the strongest to get rid of them quickly.

Make sure saturate the area well, while being careful to not get the vinegar that could kill leaves or plants near the area that you are trying to treat.

Power washing

If you have access to a power wash, then this is the faster way to get rid of the infected area. However, this method may or may not be effective in getting rid of the moss as you use more water which could flood the target area.

Baking soda

The last natural option that is good to try before moving into chemicals, but this could just be as effective on its own. This partly depends on how serious your infected area is at the time of treatment.

A handy tip when using baking soda, sprinkle it carefully over the moss and leave it overnight, then use a push broom or brush to remove the excess baking soda before scrubbing the infection.

Life’s a Bleach

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Bleach is a chemical that you can try to remove the infection, but make sure you keep it away from children and pets during and immediately after you treat it. You also have to be careful not to get it on any desirable plants, or avoid it running off into other areas.

 

It’s best to scrub the area before applying the bleach, so that you can mix equal parts with bleach and water with a spray bottle, then leave it for 15 minutes before scrubbing and rinsing the area with more water.

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