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My trick for removing moss from patios costs just 65 cents

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As the weather finally begins to warm, more of us will be venturing into our gardens and making plans to entertain family and friends in our outdoor spaces.

But many people will understand the frustration of looking out over a patio that was well maintained last summer but is now covered in dirty green moss.

Fiona Jenkins from MyJobQuote.co.uk has shared her tips for removing mold

If this appeals to you, fear not.

A gardening expert has come to the rescue and revealed a simple hack to return your space to its pre-winter state.

Fiona Jenkins from MyJobQuote.co.uk told The Sun: “With very little effort you can make your patio look clean and inviting again.

“All you need to remove the moss is a little baking soda.”

At The Range you can buy a 500 gram pack of baking soda – also known as ‘bicarbonate soda’ – for €1.49.

At Asda you can get a 200g pack for 65 cents.

Fiona said: “Baking soda is a clever little item you can use to remove the green.

“Simply sprinkle some over the affected area and leave it overnight.

“Then all you have to do the next day is wipe away the remains.”

Although you can try this trick at any time, it’s worth waiting until the sun is out.

Fiona added: “Baking soda works best on dry days.”

This household cupboard staple is a good weapon against moss because it is a mild alkali.

Because moss thrives in slightly acidic conditions and the baking soda increases the pH level, it creates an environment in which moss cannot grow.

“It’s quite easy to apply,” says Fiona. “And because you don’t have to use chemicals, this is an environmentally friendly way to eradicate moss.”

Not only this, but it also costs less.

The green-fingered expert added: “This non-toxic, homemade option will save you the cost of store-bought products.”

In addition to being an affordable way to clean your patio, baking soda can also be an effective way to clean both wooden and plastic patio furniture – as well as your fences.

Fiona said: “The brilliant thing about baking soda is that it is a versatile product.”

But it’s not the only household product that can help you shift moss.

“Another way to get rid of the greenery is to gently pour boiling water over the area,” says Fiona.

“Make sure you cover every part of the moss. Once you have done this, scrub the affected area with a stiff brush.

“After you have loosened the moss, you can then rinse the dirt away with a hose.”

Other tricks to remove stubborn moss

If you have particularly stubborn moss stains on your paving, Fiona has another clever tip up her sleeve.

“You can use a mixture of half vinegar and half water to remove those stains,” the gardener said.

“Put the mixture in a spray bottle so you can easily spread the mixture over the entire area.

“Let it sit and then scrub the area with a stiff brush before hosing it off.”

At Dunelm you can buy a bamboo spray bottle for £2. At The Range you can buy a stiff wooden hand brush for £3.

Fiona said: “What I like about this homemade solution is the fact that it is chemical-free – and cheaper than a commercial product.”

If you have one, a pressure washer can also be an effective way to remove moss.

Instead of buying a new one (which can easily set you back over £100), visit forums on sites like the Nextdoor app to see if you can borrow one from a neighbor.

Alternatively, you can consider hiring one. You can rent a pressure washer from B&Q for £99 for a weekend.

Join one or two other local households and you can share the costs.

“Hose down the affected areas with high-pressure water,” said Fiona.

“This is a great way to blow away the moss – and it’s also a great way to clean your paving.”

If weeds are growing in the holes in your patio, there are still a few smart ways to get rid of them that also involve using household items.

“You can easily combat weeds with lemon,” says Fiona.

“The citric acid should kill the weed within a few days. Another option is to use salt.

“Spread it liberally over the weed and let it sit there to work its magic.

“Be careful not to spread salt on the surrounding lawn or plants as this may kill some of the grass or plants you want to keep.”

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