Fewer things improve and add value to a property more than pavers. In the same proportion, fewer things can ruin their appearance more than moss. Pavers are one of the best home upgrades that exist today and with an immediate return. However, even if you live in warmer areas, likely, you already had to deal with the following question: how to remove moss from pavers.
Seeing your investment all covered with that green goo can be very frustrating. But don’t worry, in this article, we will address some of the main questions around this subject. So, without further ado, let’s dive into it.
Is Moss Between Pavers Bad?
From an aesthetic point of view, moss between pavers can even add a certain charm to your walkway, for instance. It may be a good idea if you want to give your walkway a more natural and relaxed sort of look.
Still, it’s hard to control moss growth, as it will reach a point that it soon will cover your entire walkway. If it’s in an area with little to no sunlight and where there is humidity, moss can grow at an accelerated speed, until it escalates to a hazard issue. Moss covered pavers are very slippery, especially on rainy days.
How To Get Rid Of Moss On Pavers
The first aspect we’re going to discuss is what is the easiest way to remove moss. It may not come as a surprise to you, but the simplest, least expensive one is to expose it to sunlight. So, if there is a chance of making sunlight naturally reach the place where the moss is growing, do it. Removing whatever is blocking the sunlight is usually possible when it’s a tree or plant and when that is the cause.
Still, what if a leaky faucet, broken pipe, or errant sprinkler heads is causing the moss? Then you must first make the necessary repairs and adjustments. Long-term humidity is one of the main factors in moss formation, so it’s essential to repair the leak. Wasting water is a very severe matter too.
What Is The Best Thing To Kill Moss
You can use several methods and products to get rid of moss in pavers. Below we will discuss some of the most common ways, starting with those that can be considered the best. Still, be aware that all the methods listed, despite being natural even, always offer some downside. The essential point to remember is that after any pavers’ cleaning, you need to reapply the sealer. Sealing not only facilitates the cleaning process but also considerably reduces the incidence of moss in pavers.
Using Boiling Water To Remove Moss From Pavers
Much like weeds growing in driveway cracks, you can get rid of moss on your paving stone walkway or patio by pouring boiling water over it. The best thing about this natural method is that it will have little to no effect on desirable plants nearby. You will likely need to follow up on the boiling water bath with a good scrub with a deck brush or a stiff broom.
Using a Pressure Washer To Remove Moss
Another natural option is to use a power washer to get rid of paving stone moss. This method may or not be an effective way to get rid of the moss problem and uses a lot of water, so this should not be the first option you try.
If you do opt for power washing, you may need to replace joint sand between your pavers if it is washed away in the process. Also, remember that resealing is necessary after pressure washing.
Is Vinegar Good For Killing Moss
Vinegar is a popular choice for naturally getting rid of unwanted weeds and it is also used to kill moss. When using this natural option, you may find that you need to treat the area multiple times to achieve the desired result.
It’s important to remember that vinegar, as well as other substances, although not so harmful, requires some care. The first consideration is with the solution strength, be prudent while diluting the vinegar in water. Another important point is regarding nearby plants. Vinegar is a non-selective method to eliminate the moss, so it can also kill other plants.
Does Baking Soda Kill Moss
Although this is not much of a natural method to kill moss in pavers, it’s still a very effective one. Baking soda is a very powerful and easy to handle agent, just apply the substance over the mossy area and let it rest until the next day. You will likely need to repeat the process for a few days and clean the area with a broom. Also remember that, just like with vinegar, baking soda is a chemical substance and requires a certain level of care when handling it.
Using Bleach To Remove Moss From Pavers
Bleach ends our list, despite being efficient killing moss, we don’t suggest you use it. As it is an aggressive chemical, it can cause damage to pavers. Even if diluted, porous surfaces like that of some pavers will absorb the bleach continuously. Over time, the pavers’ material will become more susceptible to cracks and may even break.
How To Stop Moss From Growing In Pavers
Prevention is the keyword when it comes to fighting moss. Although there are specific chemicals to eliminate moss from pavers, none of them exceeds a well-done cleaning and sealing service. As mentioned earlier, sealing provides extra protection for pavers and can drastically slow down the occurrence of moss.
S&S Pavers has over 10 years of experience serving the counties of Manatee and Sarasota, from paver installation to cleaning and sealing services. If you live in the Sarasota and Manatee counties, leave us a message or call us. We will be happy to offer a free estimate.