Tuesday, July 31, 2007

How do you slove a problem like.........

Maria No I mean Moss with a capital 'M'

Every year we have this very time consuming task to complete at the beginning of the summer. By now I would normally have finished but the wet weather has only served to increase the growth of the dreaded moss that looks like this!!
We have tried lots of moss killers with limited success and it takes a lot of this!!

We used to find it was only the shady areas of our back yard that were affected but it has now spread and we are talking about quite a large area to clear. This is normally a job I do but this year Embee has been helping (could be he has a certain birthday coming up and I said it had to be done before then!!) I wish I'd had someone to take a photo as we look like a couple of old crocks (clapped-out knees and hips which actually make it quite a painful task) on our kneelers scraping away. The only bit of the yard not affected seems to be the spot where my car sits as you can see from the photo. Also it's the only area to have retained some colour in the bricks. The problem seems to have got worst since we last had a professional clean a few years ago (probably coincidence)!!
So my friends any suggests sensible or otherwise to help us solve the problem??????

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27 Comments:

At 31/7/07 11:10, Blogger Barbara said...

Here we combine two products called 1.Wet and Forget and 2.Hitman - or that is what was suggested. We haven't gotten around to trying it yet. We didn't have the problem at our previous house.

 
At 31/7/07 11:23, Blogger ChrisB said...

barbara i looked at the web site for 'wet and forget' th ebefore and after photos looked impressive. I don't think I will be able to get it here- more's the pity!!

 
At 31/7/07 12:20, Blogger willowtree said...

That's not a coincidence that the colour changed after it was cleaned. Those pavers are porous and if he used a high pressure hose, he took off the sealant and also made tiny pits that trap moisture and dirt.

I have the same deal on the coast, and I have a high pressure cleaner so I know all about his stuff (except how to make it go away permanently!)

 
At 31/7/07 13:17, Blogger Anvilcloud said...

You have to roll those stones around a bit because a rolling stone gathers ... no moss.

 
At 31/7/07 13:52, Blogger Asha said...

That looks like a hard job to get on knees and scrape all those! OUCH!!
There must be something stronger chemical you are using now,hope it works.

 
At 31/7/07 14:42, Blogger The very nice man said...

Yikes!! What a job!!
If I were you, I would ask some local kids (10 of them, heehee) if they want to earn a bit of pocket money, give them a scraper each and let them loose on it.
That way you safe on chemicals, back and knee aches and have done a good deed for those little critters!

 
At 31/7/07 14:49, Blogger ChrisB said...

WT so we need to get a high pressure cleaner- I think my brother has one but I doubt he'd lend it to me as I've dropped hints before. Maybe Embee would like one for his b'day -after all boys like toys!!!

 
At 31/7/07 14:54, Blogger ChrisB said...

AC I was waiting for that comment and I nearly put in that we had tried that one!!

Asha we're both very achy at the moment!

Erik that's not a bad idea but we've already done well over half. I wonder when boy scouts do 'bob a job' !!probably no longer as they get more for packing supermarket bags !!!

 
At 31/7/07 16:01, Anonymous Lisa said...

But from here the moss looks nice!

 
At 31/7/07 16:08, Blogger Lil Mouse said...

most plants dont like full strength vinegar?

 
At 31/7/07 16:14, Blogger ChrisB said...

Lisa It might be a nice colour but that's all !!

lil mouse I'll try that immediately -thank you :)

 
At 31/7/07 17:18, Blogger john.g. said...

ROUNDUP, that will kill anything!

 
At 31/7/07 17:31, Blogger ChrisB said...

john I'll take a look at that thanks :)

 
At 31/7/07 18:02, Anonymous Karmyn R said...

Living where it rains 2/3 of the year we have the same problem - but I have no solutions. Sorry. (and round-up doesn't work..you have to buy Moss-Killer or power-spray it out)

 
At 31/7/07 19:38, Blogger Kila said...

Simple--just tell all the neighbors to park in your driveway! ;)

The moss does look pretty in the photo.

 
At 31/7/07 21:49, Blogger Beckie said...

People actually plant stuff like that between the pavers around here. Then again our yearly rain fall is so low I think they are just wishing moss would grow.

 
At 31/7/07 22:54, Blogger ChrisB said...

karmyn we might hire a power spray as they could do with a clean as well.

Kila hadn't thought about doing that hehe!!

beckie I cannot believe anyone would want moss, I wouldn't mind low rain fall here!!

 
At 1/8/07 01:30, Anonymous Christine said...

I don't know too much about stone and bricks, but is there something to fill in the cracks, so the moss won't grow back.
Oh my that does look like a painstaking job to do.

BTW~I made the Briam last night and it was delicious, my husband loved it. Thanks for the recipe.
I posted it on my food blog
Adventures of a Cooking Mom .

 
At 1/8/07 02:14, Blogger debi said...

I love that Moss

 
At 1/8/07 02:35, Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Me too. I think it's good looking.
When it gets troublesome is when it grows on TOP of the bricks and everything gets slippery and your mailman sues you. We hired a pressure cleaner for that.
No, the mailman didn't sue us. (Bastard never made it up the hill to our door.)

 
At 1/8/07 03:02, Blogger Sam said...

i think high pressure sounds better than nasty chemicals, but even better that you and dad took a totally organic approach and removed it yourselves.

 
At 1/8/07 05:31, Anonymous enidd said...

enidd thinks green is good too. both the moss, and the way of getting rid of it...

 
At 1/8/07 08:27, Anonymous EmBee said...

Sam I am not sure that either mine or Mum's knees feel organic at the moment. Love

 
At 1/8/07 10:08, Blogger ChrisB said...

christine originally sand if swept into the gaps but unfortunately a lot of mud seeps in eventually hence the growth!
Thanks for the plug!

debi i'm not sure you would if you were scraping it out!!

CC too funny :)

sam and enidd hope you'll both visit us in hosp have hip and knee replacements!!!

 
At 1/8/07 19:53, Blogger frannie said...

I think it looks pretty!

 
At 2/8/07 00:45, Blogger Tiger Lamb Girl said...

Oh crap! I always though moss looked neat, tidy and pretty!! Are you telling me that it's a no no to let it stay?

:(

I've always loved running my fingers across it because it feels smooth and peach-fuzz soft. Sigh.

 
At 2/8/07 09:38, Blogger ChrisB said...

Frannie and tigerlamb girl it might look quite pretty when its all green but once it dries and looks like brown yuk -it has to go !

 

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