How to remove moss from your driveway

With the tips below, discover how to remove moss from your driveway and stop it coming back.

12 July 2019

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Key steps

  • Use a diluted bleach solution to kill driveway and pathway moss.
  • Fully rinse after 15 minutes.
  • Leave for a few hours to kill the moss.
  • Once the moss turns yellow, use a brush to scrub it away.
  • Ensure there is plenty of sun on your drive to prevent moss returning.

Moss on the driveway is normal but it can look untidy and uncared-for if it gets too far! This article will provide some simple tips on how to remove moss from your driveway easily, with a homemade moss killer for tarmac to help the process.

Once you know how to remove moss from your driveway, you can find tips to get rid of moss in your lawn here and on your roof here.

How to get rid of moss on concrete driveways and paths

Getting rid of moss is simple with these super quick and easy steps. Read on and we’ll show you how to get rid of moss on paths and driveways with ease.

1. Select your moss killer. You can buy commercial products but an easy homemade moss killer using diluted bleach to prevent discolouration is also a good option. Simple mix 23l of water and 600ml of liquid bleach, such as Domestos, in a large bucket.

2. Put your diluted bleach solution into a spray bottle. A garden or backpack sprayer is your best option here for quick and easy coverage.

3. Spray the moss-affected areas. Make sure that there is full coverage to get the full effect of your homemade moss killer.

4. Leave it to soak. When it comes to understanding how to get rid of moss on concrete even homemade solutions need time to work! For your bleach solution to fully kill off the moss it requires around 15 minutes.

5. Use clean, warm water to fully rinse the area. This includes any mossy areas you have treated. You need to make sure you fully remove all traces of bleach to ensure it doesn’t adversely affect the concrete, tarmac or another driveway surface.

6. Leave it for a few hours. By the time you come back, you should find that the moss has been killed off. To be sure, check the colour. Dead moss will have turned a yellow colour.

7. Use a hard-bristled brush to remove the moss. Work methodically across your drive.

How to prevent moss coming back after moss removal

Now you know how to remove moss from tarmac and driveways, you can use these steps to avoid it returning:

  • Test the soil pH level. Driveways are often close to lawns and as moss loves acidic soil it's best to test the soil pH level. If your lawn’s pH level is below 6 use agricultural lime to control the acidity.
  • Give your driveway plenty of sun. Moss survives best in areas of shade. A great way to ensure your drive and paths have plenty of sun is to cut back large bushes or overhanging trees. This will stop them from blocking sunlight.
  • Take care when washing your driveway. You may want to clean your drive to keep it looking its best but damp, moist conditions are ideal for moss growth. Avoid flooding your drive and try to wash it during the day when the sun is out so it is fully dry before the cool evening.

With our top tips to remove moss from your driveway and learn how to prevent it coming back, you can keep your driveway and paths looking their best with ease.