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Moss on Tarmac

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by morpheus83uk, 20 Feb 2016.

  1. morpheus83uk

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    Over these winter months I have noticed that the amount of moss I did have on my tarmac at the front was quite minimal. Now it seems to have grown and is becoming an eyesore. I am wondering since I have some Westland Lawn Sand in the garage would this be OK to use on the tarmac or would it stain the tarmac or would something tarmac specific be better?

    If something specific for moss removal on tarmac any suggestions are welcome.

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    James
     
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    Can it be scraped off?
    What about a weed/moss killer?
     
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    Yes I think some of it can be but since I have lawn sand in the garage I was wondering if I could use this to get rid of it or if it would stain it.

    If a moss killer is the way to go do you have any suggestions on what to get?

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    I can't see how sand is going to kill moss.
    There's a range of products on the shelves, but I don't have any recommendations.
     
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    You could buy "lawn feed and moss killer" or find that ferrous suphate is exactly the same thing, but cheaper as it's not sold as an "icide" ;) However it might leave a rust coloured stain if you heavily use it. You could put it in a sprayer with a little bit of washing up liquid (as a detergent to break the surface tension) and this will maximise how much you get on the moss itself. A spot-attack, if you will.

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    Here is a link to the lawn sand it contains moss killer but I am unsure if I can use it on the tarmac:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Westland-Horticulture-Lawn-Sand-20kg/dp/B008DC67BI

    It contains Ferrous Sulphate so from what your saying is I can use it but it may leave a rust coloured stain on my tarmac? If that's the case is there a simple way of removing it or a tarmac specific moss removal product?

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    Jeyes fluid will kill it and doesn't stain tarmac (well at least not black tarmac)
     
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    dont use any kind of lawn moss killer on hard surfaces. They are as you discovered iron sulpahte derivatives and will leave horrible rust colour staining on your tarmac.

    Use a proprietary moss kliller such as mmc pro/ patio magic etc.

    Strong bleach - hypochlorite is very effective on hard surfaces at killing moss but it may change the appearance of the tarmac by physically bleaching it. I use it at home at 5: water to 1 hypo. Pre wet the surface and then spray or watering can the mix on. Agitate it with a brush (very lightly, not scrubbing) and then wash it all off after 20 mins. Be careful of runoff on plants lawns etc.

    You must wash it off thouroughly due to its bleaching effect on the tarmac.

    If in doubt do a test area first.

    A purpose made product such as the ones mentioned previously are more fool proof if your hesitant
     
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    Brilliant thanks for the replied I think I will go with the Jeyes fluid as this seems the simplest and non harmful option to the problem. I presume it will stop regrowth as well?
     
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    Yes. Treating 2 times per year I usually sufficient. More if its shaded badly
     
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    Brilliant! I have picked up some of the Jeyes fluid so when the weather brightens up I will throw that down and put some on before winter I think in case anything starts to grow. Hopefully I will have a lovely drive again opposed to a moss infested one which is my current one :)

    Thanks Guys :)
     
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    Guys,

    A quick update on this everything is pretty much gone since its about 10 years of moss some of it is being quite stubborn but I have put a single application on today and most of it has come off and the drive looks much better. I will put some more on for the more stubborn parts tomorrow but so far its looking good!

    Thanks again for the recommendation and help!

    James
     
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