Clearing slippery moss from your sidewalk and driveway may seem like an impossible task—but there’s an inexpensive hack that promises near-instant results, according to experts.
If conditions are right, moss can go virtually anywhere—lawn, roof, walls, driveway, sidewalk, and patio, creating an unsightly garden.
However, while there are many treatments to solve this problem, gardening experts have recommended a cheaper alternative – bleach.
Speaking to The Express, the Green Acres guru claimed that the inexpensive household item was the ”best solution” for removing moss from various surfaces.
However, as cheap and easy to use as it is, the harsh product can destroy everything in sight, including plants and pavement.
To avoid unnecessary surprises, experts recommend mixing about 20 ounces of bleach with five gallons of water.
Once ready, pour the mixture into a spray bottle or garden sprayer and let it sit on the moss for about 15 minutes before washing it off with warm water.
According to experts, the moss should die and turn yellow within a few hours – at which point it will be easy to remove with a broom or brush.
For those households that don’t own a bottle or just run out, a bottle of bleach is available for just £42 at Asda or £60 at Sainsbury’s.
However, if you’re not sold on this hack, the experts at North East Paving and Gardens point out that another effective solution is baking soda.
” It works by increasing the pH level; moss prefers to grow at a pH of about five to six and will die if it goes above that.
“Most homes will have this handy solution, so it’s often one of the most cost-effective ways to clear moss in gardens.”
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To do this, simply sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on the affected area and let it work its magic for a few hours.
They mentioned here that it’s best to do this on a dry day, as any moisture in the air can prevent the trick from working.
“Vinegar is a fantastic alternative to chemical treatment for concrete driveways and a cheap and simple moss killer that can easily be made at home,” the gurus said.
To carry out this method, gardeners should combine equal parts of vinegar and warm water before pouring into a spray bottle and applying the solution to the moss.
Pavers warned: “Be careful not to spray other plants in the area, as the vinegar will work to dry out and kill any plant life it comes in contact with.”