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Old 10-02-2006, 11:24 AM
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Default moss on driveway..how do i kill it???

last year i tried comercial moss killer on driveway but it didnt really do the job now its back in force and along with green algae its making my brick driveway look a mess.
any tips on how to get rid of it?

i was thinking bleach but im not sure?

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Old 10-02-2006, 11:27 AM
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Have same problem. Ensure area is well drained and not receiving splashes from drains or overflow pipes. Apply boiling water regularly? Any other ideas I'd like to hear too.
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Old 10-02-2006, 11:28 AM
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I was about to suggest that. I think it would work. Worth a try anyway.
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Moss can be removed from brick paths by painting it with methylated spirit!!!! May help on your driveway?!!!
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Old 10-02-2006, 11:31 AM
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There's an old thread on this in the index - it recommends hot vinegar, or jeyes fluid. It's in the gardening tips bit.

I've not tried it yet as i'm waiting until a nice day where it won't rain and wash it off.

hope that helps,
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There are some tips in the link that might help you too:-

Cleaning patios
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There's an old thread on this in the index - it recommends hot vinegar, or jeyes fluid. It's in the gardening tips bit.

I've not tried it yet as i'm waiting until a nice day where it won't rain and wash it off.

hope that helps,
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Michelle, I've looked in the mega index and I cant find a gardening section. Can you tell me where it is? I have always used jayes fluid and it works well but I'd be interested in trying the hot vinegar to see how it compares.
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Lydia,

I think i have a bit of a memory problem.

The bit i was thinking of was the mega indexed thread - grow your own and gardening section (I can't do links, but it's post 10)

I've just reread it, and there was someone asking if the hot vinegar would work, and it wasn't answered. Also, someone else recommended a kettle of hot boiling water.

I must have got the jeyes fluid tip from another thread as i can't find it now.
It's probably worth trying the hot vinegar at least, as it will be much cheaper than Jeyes fluid - i bought some last weekend at 10 for 1 litre and then saw it in a warehouse flyer for 9.99 plus VAT for 5 litres.

You'll have to let us know if the vinegar works.

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Thanks Michelle, I've checked the mega index and still can't find a grow your own bit. It must be me. I just cant get the hang of the index I'll give the vinegar a try and let you know if it works.

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Go to indexed collection, mega indexed thread, scroll down the list to post 10 (it tells you the number of the post in the top right hand corner)

The post starts about food.... chickens. It then has a food for free section, and then about half way down, the next section is grow your own and gardening - within this section are subsections about growing herbs, compost heaps, etc, and the last section is about weed killers.

Sorry i can't do a link to it, but i hope this step by step will take you to it.
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It's listed inside the "Food" section:-

http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...328#post675328

Then look under a heading;-

Grow your own and gardening:
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Try sprinkling soda crystals on and leaving it for an hour or so. Rinse with hot water and scrub with a brush.
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Thats where I was going wrong, I didnt expect to find the weed killer posts under food. Thanks both of you I got there in the end. I need a lie down now.
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Smile Moss on patios and driveways....

I always use a dilute mixture on Jeyes Fluid - works wonders... and also use it for sterilising drains and cleaning flower pots and general cleaning jobs outside. They have instructions on the can and its available from garden centres and hardware stores.

I just put a couple of capfuls in the watering can, stir well and sprinkle over the mossy/algae area area on the drive and path then leave it or you wait for an hour then use a stiff broom to scrub it away. You can use it at any time of the year.

Its worth remembering that moss will always grow where conditions for it are good - it will always come back unless these conditions for its survival are removed. So some areas around my place, such as the path which is partly in shade and often damp in winter needs periodic treatment to keep it safe and not slippery.

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Armatillox used to be sold as good for removing moss from patios. Then new EU regulations meant they couldn't sell it as a mosskiller. So now it's sold as a 'soap based cleaner' which sounds pathetic. but I'm told it is still the same stuff
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Michelle, I've looked in the mega index and I cant find a gardening section. Can you tell me where it is? I have always used jayes fluid and it works well but I'd be interested in trying the hot vinegar to see how it compares.
If you pour Jayes Fluid, or other chemical into the environment as a moss killer, weed killer, or any kind of pest control you are breaking the protection of the environment act 1965.

The best legal option is a cleaning product called 'Country Fresh' available from places like 'Scats' or 'Country Stores'.

Or you could just use a cheap jet-washer, like the ones from 'Argos' for less the 30, and wash it away at no extra cost once a year!
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Good job the rest of us use Jeyes Fluid then!
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Copper repels moss so a solution of copper phosphate will do it
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I have a (fake) sandstone coloured patio in a north facing back garden and it gets green so very quickly. I use a mixture of biological washing powder/bleach/soda crystals and boiling water to clean the slabs, and a good stiff brush to scrub. I've always avoided Jeyes fluid as on the tin it says to keep away from pets, especially cats - and I'm not sure exactly how far you'd have to dilute it for it to be safe.
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