You may think that if you live in a hot dry climate you will not find any moss growing on your driveway. Well, the fact is that you might still find it growing. Even in hot climates there may still be areas where moss thrives such as under shady trees or from a water dripping. Even regular overwatering in your garden can cause the moss to start growing.
Moss does not look attractive. Worse, having a layer of moss can prove to be a danger particularly to older people and small children as it gets very slippery. Unless you particularly want moss to add to your rustic home, it is best removed before it does anyone damage.
There are several ways to remove moss from driveways, most of which I consider to be natural. Of course, there are chemical ways to remove it, although this may harm any insects who live close by. For now, we will focus on removing moss using natural ways that will not harm insects or pets.
The tips here can also be used to keep moss off rocks, bricks and concrete surfaces.
Use the sun
When exposed to sunlight moss will die or at least dry up. Moss does not grow in sunny areas so if you have a tree which hangs over your drive and is always in the shade, you may think about either trimming it back or placing it in another part of your garden.
If you have a car which is growing moss under it, you could move it to another place. Similarly, if moss grows under patio furniture, you may think about rearranging it.
Use boiling water
Unless you have a whole driveway, which is covered with moss you may think about pouring some boiling water over the area. Make sure that pets and children are safely out of the way, try to avoid the water scalding nearby plants and pout as much as you can over the mold.
After you have scalded the moss you should follow up the treatment by vigorously brushing with a still broom.
To do this you should mix equal parts of vinegar with water. You can either apply it using a spray bottle or by mixing a lot in a bucket and pouring it over the moss. Watch out for the leaves of plants close by as this is also an effective weed-killer and will destroy plants as well.
After applying vinegar and water you should then leave for 15 minutes before washing down with a hosepipe. Don’t omit this unless you want the area to smell like a chip shop!
In a bucket mix a gallon of water and a cup of bleach. Make sure you wear rubber gloves. Get onto a knee pad and with a scrubbing brush rub the moss away. This is very tiring particularly if you have a large area of moss, but bleach is very effective as removing moss from driveways.
After you have scrubbed it away simply wash it again with the hosepipe.
This works very well for small areas of mold. Mix in a spray bottle 4 ounces of dish soap to one gallon of water. Spray liberally on the affected area. Leave for 15 minutes and then wash off as this can become slippery if left.
Here’s another natural way to remove mold from driveways. Dissolve table salt in water and use a spray bottle to treat the mold areas. Spray very well, don’t be afraid to over do it here, because you can’t. Salt will kill the mold so use a strong solution and apply liberally.
Use a power washer
While this is a natural option it may not be as effective as some of the others because you are just using water to simply force the mold away. You may also find that you need to replace sand if you have done this on a paved surface. It will work although may not be as effective as other methods.
And a little prevention
We all know the saying that prevention is better than cure. This is very true when it comes to removing mold. Unless treated early and completely mold will continue to grow until your driveway not only looks unsightly but is also unsafe to walk on.
Take a good look at the affected areas and see if there are any leaks that keep the area damp. Often this is causes by a blocked drainpipe which seeps onto one patch. You may not even notice that the pipe drips onto the driveway but before you know it your driveway has started to turn green and look nasty.
Another cause for a damp spot is for the irrigation to constantly land on the driveway and keep the area moist. You may not even notice it until the mold has developed. This is a quick remedy once you have cleaned away the mold. You can simply re-direct the irrigation water to where it is needed more – on a plant instead of onto the driveway.
To sum up
Once you have decided to tackle the mold on your driveway yourself, you should gear yourself up with all the stull you need. But vinegar in large and extra-large bottles if you have a lot of mold. Get yourself a good pair of knee pads if you plan on scrubbing the drive on your hands and knees.
Make sure that the kids and pets are out of the way if you plan to use boiling water, have extra rubber gloves if you intend to use bleach.
Give yourself a decent amount of time to do the job. While this is not one of the more glamorous jobs you can do around your house, it is best to get it done thoroughly the first time so that it does not come back and need to be done again.
Take your time, do a thorough job and enjoy your driveway again!
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