Home remedies to kill moss

Updated February 21, 2017

Those tufts of moss may add a sense of rustic romantic ambience to a country garden, but not all homeowners appreciate the mossy foliage on their lawns or driveway. Before investing in expensive and potentially harmful herbicides, consider a home remedy that saves both cost and unwanted side effects. Using just the items you have in your pantry and shed, you can mix up an effective moss-killing solution.

Pressure Washing

If your moss is growing along a driveway or walkway, you may be able to simply pressure wash the offending area to remove small patches. If the moss is dead or dying, a simple water treatment through a pressure washer should loosen the moss so it can be permanently removed with a rake. For more stubborn moss, fill the pressure washer with a diluted mixture of one part bleach, one part standard clothing detergent and two parts water. The combination of the solution and the high pressure application should kill moss immediately without affecting the driveway or walkway. Remove the moss with a rake or by pulling out the tufts by hand.

Raking and Seeding

Small areas of moss can be loosened by hand or with gardening tools. Dig out areas of moss in a lawn or garden with a still garden rake or small hand shovel. Once the moss has been removed, add fresh soil to the patch. Cover the area with a generous layer of grass seed or other seed so the seeds will overpower the potential regrowth of the moss.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a pantry staple useful for a variety of household tasks, including moss removal. Start a basic baking soda application by sprinkling a generous amount over the moss so the entire area is coated in a thin layer; the baking soda will not affect surrounding grass. The baking soda may take a few applications to completely kill the moss, but once the moss has died and dried, rake the area clean and reseed. More stubborn areas of moss deserve a mixture of two parts baking soda to one part vinegar; vinegar aids in the penetration of the baking soda into the moss root system to promote its demise.


Moss thrives in moist, dark areas of a lawn or garden. Some creative landscaping may naturally cause the moss to die away. If the moss is surrounded by small bushes or tall grass, trim the surrounding area to allow more sunlight to dry out the area. Remove large boulders and rocks that cast shadows on the area. Once the moss has dried out and died, rake out the patches to prevent regrowth.

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Hannah Wahlig began writing and editing professionally in 2001. Her experience includes copy for newspapers, journals and magazines, as well as book editing. She is also a certified lactation counselor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Mount Holyoke College, and Master's degrees in education and community psychology from the University of Massachusetts.