Some folks like the rustic look of a little moss growing between pavers, but if you’re here, we’re guessing you’re not one of them!
Moss is both a hazard and the enemy of keeping your hardscape in tip top structural condition. That’s because it grows rapidly, and if left unchecked, it will take root in the joint sand. Not only does this mean you’ll have to redo the join sand, it also means you’re allowing more moisture to seep under the pavers, possibly setting up the condition for future foundation shifts, sinking and failure. It can also become a slippery mess when wet and pose a slip & fall danger.
Proper drainage is the best way to prevent moss from growing. In some site conditions, it makes sense to seal the pavers to reduce the amount of moisture that settles in the joints and improve drainage. If high-performance polymeric sand wasn’t used in the initial construction, it is a good practice to resand with this type of product after moss removal.
Let the Sun Shine
Another site specific condition you may be able to control is the amount of sunlight the area gets. Since moss grows in moist conditions and hates full sun, pruning branches that cause shade may be in order in some situations.
As soon as you begin to see some greenish growth, remove it. If left unchecked, removal is much more difficult and time consuming. Frequently sweeping up debris is also a good preventative practice.
One easy way to kill moss naturally is to apply baking soda and let it sit overnight to let the magic happen. Then scrub the area.
But if you’re facing a tough case, or are ready to have your pavers or hardscape cleaned and restored to its former glory, contact us for a free estimate.