Moss – it may be pretty and play an important role in the ecosystem, but it’s nonetheless a real nuisance at home. From roofs and walkways, to driveways and patios, it’s not only a serious slip hazard, but could actually be damaging your property.
The kind of moss that grows out of sight and generally out of mind is bad enough. The very worst kind is the moss that slowly but surely seems to be taking over your once-immaculate exterior living spaces. The patio that used to be your pride and joy is getting green, grimy, and grim. Which prompts the all-important question – what’s the very best way of going about patio moss removal?
Before moving onto the removal stage, it helps to know what you’re dealing with. Moss isn’t exactly picky when it comes to where it will set up home. If the surface is hard, doesn’t get much in the way of sunlight and has a near-constant supply of moisture, you’re looking at ideal conditions for moss growth. These conditions are almost assuredly the culprit if you have a consistent patio moss problem.
Left to its own devices, moss can accelerate weed growth, cause the deterioration of almost any surface and become slippery as a sheet ice when wet. As such, patio moss removal is best gone about at the earliest possible opportunity, for the sake of your property.
Patio Moss Prevention
If you’re lucky enough not to currently have a problem with moss, it’s relatively easy to ensure you don’t end up with one. As moss thrives in undisturbed areas of high moisture, cool temperatures and plenty of shade, you simply need to prevent or minimize all such conditions.
For example, regular sweeping will help ensure that the spores themselves are unable to settle and begin developing in the first place. If there’s anything blocking the sun from hitting your patio (tree branches, garden furniture, ornaments etc.) think about removing or repositioning them. If you can make the environment inhospitable for moss without resorting to drastic measures, it’s worth doing so.
Patio Moss Removal
If the prevention ship has sailed however, the good news is that patio moss removal doesn’t have to be a back-breaking job. There are endless chemical treatments available, but many of these produce the kind of toxic runoff that’s hardly beneficial for your garden, your family, or the surrounding streams and waterways.
Instead, consider trying out one of the following, less-harmful and perhaps even cheaper ways of getting the job done right:
- Pressure Washers – if you don’t own a pressure washer, chances are you can borrow or rent one locally for a pretty low price. While it’s highly inadvisable to use a pressure washer to remove moss from a shingled roof (unless you are a skilled professional), it’s a different story with a paved, tiled, or concrete patio. Now, it’s of course important not to get too carried away when it comes to the pressure setting – you don’t want to remove more than you bargained for. Used with plain water or in conjunction with an environmentally-friendly treatment, a pressure washer will often produce excellent results. And of course, it’s also probably the most fun you’ll have ridding your patio of moss!
- Washing Soda (Soda Carbonate) – Just to be clear, no…it’s not baking soda (soda bicarbonate) we’re talking about here. Soda carbonate is a natural chemical with a high alkalinity that does a great job creating a deadly environment for moss. Unless the pH is kept between 5.0 and 5.5, moss finds it difficult to survive. Which means that upping the pH significantly with something like washing soda can make a huge difference. Give the moss a liberal sprinkling with the washing soda, spray a little water over the top to dissolve it and leave it to get to work for a few days. Eventually, the moss will go brown and can be scraped away. Use the appropriate protective gloves and eyewear, being sure to keep kids and pets away from the area while being treated.
- Vinegar – There’s also the option of increasing the acidity of the environment to kill and remove patio moss. It’s harmless to you, but deadly to moss – simply throw it on, leave it for a half hour, and scrape the moss away. You might need quite a lot of it and you’ll probably want to give the area a wash after, in order to get rid of the smell. Still, it’s 100% safe, simple and surprisingly effective.
If in any doubt, or perhaps facing a rather severe moss problem, it’s always worth considering involving the professionals. Armed with the industry’s most advanced products, preparations and machinery, you could be looking at a faster, more effective, and safer job that’s even cheaper than the DIY approach.
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