Moss is a common issue that homeowners face in the Pacific Northwest. Moss can grow on roofs, lawns, and driveways, causing a variety of problems. It is important to understand what causes moss and how to manage it properly to prevent damage to your property.
What Causes Moss?
Moss thrives in damp, shaded areas with little to no direct sunlight. The Pacific Northwest is known for its rainy climate, making it an ideal environment for moss growth. Moss can also grow in areas with poor drainage or compacted soil.
If left untreated, moss can cause damage to your property. Moss on roofs can trap moisture and lead to rotting and decay of the roof's structure. It can also cause shingles to lift and create gaps, leading to leaks and water damage. Moss on lawns can prevent grass from growing and create a slippery surface, increasing the risk of injury. Moss on driveways can make them slippery and dangerous to walk or drive on.
Now, there are several ways to manage and clear moss from your property. One of the most effective methods is to physically remove the moss. For roofs, this can be done by gently brushing or scraping the moss off the surface. For lawns, aerating the soil and removing thatch can help prevent moss growth. For driveways, pressure washing or using a stiff brush and a moss killer can be effective.
Prevent Future Moss Growth
Preventing future moss growth is key to maintaining a moss-free property. Here are some helpful measures you can take:
- Improve Drainage: Ensure that water can drain away from your property, especially in areas with poor drainage. Consider putting in a French Drain or cleaning your current drains regularly.
- Increase Sunlight: Trim trees and bushes to increase the amount of sunlight that reaches the ground.
- Remove Debris: Keep your property free of debris, such as leaves and twigs, as they can trap moisture and create a suitable environment for moss growth.
- Apply Moss Killer: Apply a moss killer regularly to prevent moss growth.
If applying moss killer, Lilly Miller offers a range of moss out products for different applications that both of our store locations in Monroe and Snohomish offer. Here are some of their products and how they are used:
1. Moss Out! Roofs & Structures: This product is designed to remove moss from roofs, decks, and other structures. It can be applied with a sprayer or a brush as it is a micro-granular product. Effective if applied in wet or dry weather. Non Staining and covers 4,000 sq.ft.
2. Moss Out! Lawn Granules: This product is designed to kill moss on lawns and promote healthy grass growth. It can be applied with a spreader. Make sure to only use the lawn specific items on lawns as they could stain roofs or driveways. Fast acting within Five Hours and covers over 500 sq ft.
3. Moss Out! Roofs & Walks: This product is designed to remove moss from driveways, walkways, and other hard surfaces. It can be applied with a sprayer or a brush. Liquid concentrate that is non-staining, covers over 500 sq ft.
We carry these Moss Out! products in our locations as well as the large push brooms and trimming tools to help you get ahead of the moss this year. Stop in to either of our stores and talk with our staff about any of these products!
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