Keeping a clean and clean driveway surface is not only aesthetically pleasing. Still, it is also much safer in the long run, from causing uneven bumps and hazards to creating a slippery surface in inclement weather. A build-up of dirt, moss or algae can cause problems beyond merely looking unkempt.
Moss, in particular, can be hard to avoid, making it imperative that we keep on top of any growth on our driveways or patios, and respond quickly to eradicate the issue.
What is moss, and why does it grow on driveways?
Moss is a small plant, which thrives in damp, shaded spots and can absorb water and nutrients through its leaves to create its food by photosynthesis. As such, it requires very little to survive and even less to grow and spread.
And that’s how it ends up littering our driveways. Because moss mainly reproduces when its spores get blown in the wind, it can end up growing on any surface; including our driveways and patios, in the damp cracks between paving slabs.
Is it safe to remove the moss from my driveway myself?
There are several ways to remove moss from your driveway, ranging from a manual scrub, right through to the professional patio clean using a power washer.
If you are hoping to remove moss yourself, your best options include:
-Expose it to sunlight. Though ineffective at breaking through dense moss, and often impossible in shaded areas. If a patch of the driveway is simply covered by a chair or a vehicle, then moving this should expose the area to sunlight – nature’s moss remover.
– While you’re at it, check for leaks. Damp environments provide prime moss-growing conditions, so it could be that a leak from a hose or outdoor tap is creating a moss problem.
– Boiling water and a decent hard-wired scrubbing brush. Another natural solution using no chemicals – just some old-fashioned elbow grease!
– Vinegar. One step up from the water, still without relying on chemicals, a mixture of vinegar and water sprayed onto the moss can sometimes be enough to kill it and allow it to be easily removed or washed away.
– Bleach is a more robust way of combating a moss problem, with some outdoor shops selling a specific brand which targets and kills moss. Mix the bleach with water and spray it onto the moss, being careful to avoid hitting any other plants which you don’t want to die. After leaving it for around 15 minutes, scrub the residue away and rinse the are thorough.
– Commercial moss killer – a heavy combatant against moss, but not advisable for the entire driveway area due to its potency.
Despite a range of DIY options available
Arguably the most effective method of moss removal and an accompanying driveway clean includes the use of industry-leading equipment such as pressure washers and heated jet washers. Both most commonly employed by professional companies. They provide effective cleaning for a fee.
While you can purchase a variety of pressure washers on the high street market, the price tag for a decent product is high. Several user challenges face first-time users and can lead to irreversible damage.
What will a professional cleaner do to get rid of the moss on my driveway and leave it looking brand new?
If you choose to go down the professional cleaning route, you won’t just be paying for the moss removal itself, which will most likely be using a pressure washer or power cleaner, and a mixture of chemicals and outdoor wash treatments.
During the cleaning process, the sand which fills the join between each paving slab can become displaced and may wash away. As such, a thorough driveway clean and moss removal will often include re-joining and sealing the driveway as well as cleaning it, leaving it looking as good as new.
So, can moss be removed?
In short, yes. The method you opt for will depend on the severity of your moss problem, and the size of your driveway. If in doubt, or if you’d like some support in removing unsightly moss from your driveway, get in touch to discuss the best choices available to you.