Laundry detergent, lemon juice and salt among items in your cupboard that can tackle moss

Laundry detergent can be used to treat moss
Laundry detergent can be used to treat moss -Credit:Paving Shopper

It's that time of year again when we are putting away our hats and scarves and getting out our summer hats and gardening gloves. Whilst it can be great sorting the garden out after months of cold weather, it is not usually an easy task and one thing that makes it more difficult is moss.

Having moss on the garden paths or driveways can take away from your garden's beauty, and it can also become a slip hazard. Whilst there are all sorts of moss killers available, the products can often be pricey.

However, there are all sorts of affordable and effective products that you probably have in a cupboard somewhere, that can kill the moss and deter future growth. This includes laundry detergent, which you can sprinkle on the moss and then lightly water or leave for the rain to activate ts moss-destroying properties.

Steven Bell, the Managing Director of Paving Shopper, champions this method, stating, “Laundry detergent is an affordable and efficient way to tackle moss. The beauty of this approach is that it requires no scrubbing; nature does the heavy lifting with the help of rainfall.”

He continued, “Simply scatter the laundry detergent over the mossy patches when they're dry, and let the upcoming rain wash it away. This method is straightforward and kind to the environment, posing no threat to the adjacent grass or plant life.”

Other items you could use include table salt, which you just need to apply to the moss and scrub into, and white vinegar, which you can directly spray onto the moss. Similarly, you could also apply concentrated lemon juice to the moss, or pour boiling water over it.

Another method is using baking soda by scrubbing it into the moss. It should be noted that it can take several days to fully remove the moss depending on which method you use, and it's often not an instantenous process.