Eco-Friendly Moss Removal

Written by brandon hopkins | 13/05/2017
Eco-Friendly Moss Removal
Moss grows in dark, damp environments. (moss growing on steps image by Carol Wingert from

Moss growth on roofs, lawns and decks can cause damage to other plants and to your property. Traditional chemical cleaners like bleach, make their way into the groundwater, potentially harming the local ecosystem. Fortunately, there are a number of equally effective organic approaches to moss removal.


Power washing and scrubbing with hot water are sometimes simple but effective ways to remove moss. Be careful not to damage the surface the moss is growing on.

Organic Cleaners

Try experimenting with organic cleaning products like biodegradable soaps, tea tree oil, vinegar and borax.

Commercially Available Cleansers

Some retailers offer environmentally-friendly cleaning products without phosphates, fluoride, chlorine and other pollutants.


Moss thrives in damp, shaded environments. Open problem spots up to more sunlight by pruning tree branches. Remove organic materials like fallen leaves, pine needles and twigs. Find a way to prevent moisture from collecting in wood or drainage areas. Metal, slate and rubber are all more resistant to moss growth than wood and other water-retaining materials.

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