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How to Protect Your Denver Hardscaping From Moss

December 14, 2016

Hardscaping your outdoor landscape can instantly brighten up your yard and add character to your patio, but not when they’re covered in moss! Denver hardscapes can fall victim to moss if they are laid in shady spots and exposed to a lot of moisture. But, there are a few ways you can control the growth of moss and prevent it from ruining the appearance of your hardscape surface. Follow these tips:

Sweep regularly.

Moss thrives in area with a lot of dirt and debris, so make sure you take the time to sweep the surface of your hardscape pavers on a regular basis. This will remove anything that may have accumulated on the surface—even if it doesn’t seem like there’s much of a buildup just by looking at it.
If you notice water beginning to pool on the top of your paver surface, make sure you sweep this off to side as well. Call a professional if you believe your pavers are in a spot where water will continue to collect. A professional hardscaper should be able to make adjustments that will allow water to drain off of the surface before moss can settle.

Expose the area to the sun.

Moss only grows in damp, shady spots, so if you want to prevent moss from growing on your pavers, try to position them to be in direct sunlight. If any trees are growing over them, trim them back so they can receive direct light from the sun. This is a simple way to ensure you never create a welcoming environment for moss to grow on your pavers.

Use bleach.

Mix a solution of equal parts water and bleach, and then spray it around your hardscape to prevent the growth of moss. Allow it to sit for about 15 minutes before scrubbing the pavers and rinsing off the solution with water. If you have pets roaming around your yard or small children in the house, make sure to keep them away while you perform this treatment since bleach is toxic. This is one of the more effective ways of preventing moss growth and killing any moss that may have already began to sprout up. See more tips to get rid of moss in the garden and on the lawn.

Keep an eye out for moss.

The moment you begin to see moss, remove it from your pavers. The longer you wait to do so, the more time it has to form roots in between your pavers and cause long-term problems. Make this a part of your regular routine. When you take the dog outside to use the bathroom or bring the garbage to the curb, check for moss. It only takes a few seconds, but if you can remove it right when you begin to see growth, you will save yourself a lot of trouble.
Are you interested in installing a hardscape in your front yard, backyard, or patio area? Call My Landscaper, the premier landscaping design and service in Denver, for help finding the perfect pavers for your home. Contact us today to get started on your property’s transformation!