Moss Removal – How to Get Rid of Moss on Your Own
The best way to remove moss is to spray it with a water hose. Be sure to wear sturdy clothes, secure your ladder, and cover nearby plants to protect them from splashback.
Readymade cleaners like Wet & Forget can be purchased at most hardware stores and are easy to use with a sprayer that attaches to your hose. Follow instructions for application and drying times to avoid evaporation. Read on to learn more.
If you’re looking for the quickest way to kill moss, bleach is your best bet. Moss needs a thin layer of dirt or organic material to gain a foothold, and bleach removes that quickly. It also kills algae, which can cause stains on roof tiles and shingles. You can purchase a readymade cleaner designed specifically for killing moss and other plants, or make your own bleach solution.
Gardening experts recommend transferring your diluted bleach solution to a sprayer, such as a backpack sprayer ($110, The Home Depot), and then applying the mixture to the mossy areas of your paving slabs. Spray enough so that the moss is completely soaked, and then wait a few hours for it to take effect.
When you’re ready, rinse the area with a hose or brush with a stiff broom. Repeat as necessary until the moss has fully died. If you’re worried about damaging your paving, use a pressure washer at a low setting to avoid damage.
Vinegar is a cost-efficient option for killing moss and cleaning a surface. Household vinegar contains acetic acid, which can kill moss and other types of weeds. Mix a solution of one part vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle and apply it directly on the moss to soak it. Continue to apply the solution daily until the moss turns brown and dies.
Alternatively, use a commercial moss killer such as Batiface or HG Algae and moss remover. Be sure to read the label and follow the instructions. Chemical moss herbicides can be corrosive and may damage your lawn and other plants.
The acidic vinegar will also sterilize the area and make it less hospitable to new moss growth. It’s best to use a sprayer to apply the mixture to large areas. You can also use a higher concentration of five percent vinegar or a vinegar herbicide but this is more hazardous and requires safety equipment.
Baking soda is a cheap, fast, and effective short-term solution for getting rid of moss in your yard. However, it isn’t the best for a lawn with long-term or recurring issues.
To use baking soda to kill moss, mix it with water until it is thoroughly dissolved and pour into a spray bottle. Choose a sunny day that won’t rain for a few days, and spray the moss-covered area generously. Avoid spraying grass or other plants.
This method works great on moss on rocks, tree bases, and other surfaces that don’t get much sunlight or are in damp environments. It also works on trellises, fences, and other structures. This method is not recommended for roofs, since moss can cause structural damage. It’s important to test the solution on a small area first to determine the correct concentration and whether it’s suitable for your roof. Reapply the solution every few weeks until all moss is dead, which may take up to two or three months.
While there are many DIY recipes for killing moss, cleaning it up is often a job best left to professionals. If you’ve got a large area of moss on your roof or other brick surface, a pressure washer is one of the fastest ways to get rid of it. Just be sure to read the nozzle recommendations carefully (usually in a chart) to avoid damaging your surface.
Moss grows in the gaps and cracks of paved or stone surfaces, driveways, and wooden features and can weaken them over time. It can also eat away at shingles on your roof and cause water leaks.
One common “do it yourself” method for removing moss is to simply brush it off by hand with a stiff broom or wire brush. While this works for a while, it’s not as effective as it could be and can even damage your surface. This is why we recommend calling a professional to clean moss on your roof or other brick surfaces. Click here for more interesting articles.