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margaret rowntree

moss on garden paths

I want a quick and easy way of getting rid of moss on garden paths, not too much hard brushing. Don`t mind if I have to buy something from a garden centre, just want a tried and tested method!

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Biggles !

Removing moss...


How about a Karcher, or similar, water jet. Highly effective, non chemical, can use a lot of water. Removes ingrained dirt as well. If you don't want to do much sweeping/brushing don't use it on block paving; it will remove lots of the sand and then new sand needs to swept in; great if you have young children willing to play. Highly effective, great fun but I now wear my sailing waterproofs if going out to play. Actually, not had a play since we moved :0(

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sandra

Moss

No idea where you live so hard to advise. If in a temperate climate the moss will disappear as soon as the sun gets to it.

Otherwise I'm with Biggs, we use our pressure washer for a myriad of back breaking tasks. The joy of scouring our garden funiture each Spring still makes me smile !

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sam from worthing

moss

actually would like to hear more comments too....

our pressure washer has been relegated to the very depths of the garage - now that we are on water meter.

i usually use a watered down soloution of jeyes fluid. but it is stinky, so would like to learn of another method.

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Biggles !

Moss

Sam, you could try the vinegar and water solution that I'm using as a weedkiller. I'm using 1 part vinegar and 5 parts water - any vinegar will do; but I don't have much moss here but I'm finding it effective against varios grasses and weeds growing in the gravel.

Dare I mention it !!!! but the 'thermic lance' as called over here, a type of gardfening flame thrower does work oin some moss. I believe the UK sell models that are quite small by comparison and work with a small butane gas canister which makes the flame weeding wand very light and portable.

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John S.

moss on garden paths

Full strength white vinegar, leave on for ten minutes or so then give it a brushing and rinse off, you may have to do it a couple of times but it will work on mild to medium moss growth. for heavy moss growth use full strength househould bleach or the crystals used for swimming pools, leave on for ten minutes or so then brush and rinse well, repeat if needed, and don't forget to wear gloves and old clothes when using the bleach.

Greener and more expensive products are available at garden centres.

Pressure washers work very well but they must be used responsibly and with care, not with children around, the pressure produced at the nozzle will blind a person instantly and can pierce the skin and cause very serious injury.

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Chazza

Super Thermic Lance Girl

"Dare I mention ... the 'thermic lance' ... "

Oh Bee-zhlay (note the vocative tense, Gerry) I love your thermic lance and your lady birds, how could you believe that I would not?

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lemonsqueaky

Moss on paths

I bought my mother one of the small flame throwers but too late realised she'd probably set fire to her feet.

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John S.

moss on garden paths

Then she'd be light on her feet and hot to trot Squeaks.

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Chazza

Ouch!

"I bought my mother one of the small flame throwers but too late realised she'd probably set fire to her feet.

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"Then she'd be light on her feet and hot to trot Squeaks."

Which hurts more, the image of the Queen from Snow White burning her feet off or those puns???

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Chazza

moss on garden paths

"just want a tried and tested method!"

I asked the allotment association for their opinion on this and they said "it's a devil to get rid of" and that "if you leave just a little bit it will grow back".

The consensus was that the best way was to pick it out by hand, but that there are weedkillers which will do the trick so long as they're kept away from plants you want to keep.

As they are allotmenteers rather than gardeners no one could recommend a specific brand.

Hope this helps a bit.

Regards, Chazza.

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margaret rowntree

Moss

Thanks for all the advice. I shall try the household bleach first, a friend is going to lend me her special "moss removing brush" which has a small brush head made out of a type of stiff wire.

 
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