How to Remove Moss from Concrete and Brick Patios

Chances are, right about now you are thinking about spring cleaning…not just in your house, but in your yard as well. 

And after a long, cold and damp winter, you may have a moss problem on the “hardscaping” in your yard…concrete and brick patios, flagstone walkways, and so forth. Not only can moss be unsightly, but it can also prevent a safety hazard, as it will make the patio more slick.

It may seem like a big challenge to get rid of the moss, but actually, it just takes a bit of time and effort.  Enlist the help of others in the family, and you might be able to take care of it in an afternoon!

Basic Moss Cleaning Solution

1 part chlorine bleach to 10 parts water

Cleaning the Moss

  1. Spray or mop the cleaning solution over the area to be cleaned.  Let it sit for about 30 minutes.  
  2. Next, get out a stiff brush, and start brushing up the moss.
  3. Spray the area clean with your garden hose.  Here is where a pressure washer would come in handy, if you have one, for removing the stubborn bits.

And that’s all it takes to remove the moss. But to avoid having the do this every spring, you might want to take some preventative measures for the future.


Preventing Future Moss Growth

You are going to get moss in areas of your yard that tend to stay cool and wet.  Also, having other organic matter present, such as leaves, will make the moss grow more quickly. Follow these easy tips to keep your patio pleasant, clean and moss-free for the long-term.

  1.  Keep the patio swept and free of debris. Get those leaves up as soon as they fall.
  2. Consider pruning trees and large shrubs that may be creating excess shade over the patio, so that you can allow in more sunlight to warm it up.
  3. Make sure you don’t have downspouts or sprinklers directed towards the patio.

You can do this!

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