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Why moss is a problem.

And how Kersten can help rid you of this perennial problem without using chemicals.

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Moss removal from tarmac in a shady damp area

This secluded and sun-starved area gets
a sweep from a
K series machine with a collector box.
There is a gulley brush attachment for edges
ready for action.

Immediate improvement at Tyne Valley Garden Centre. Block paving looking great after the WeedBrush.

Immediate improvement.
Block paving looking great
after the WeedBrush.

Moss removal from a communal area

This communal area has the
slippery moss removed
making it safe for residents.

Powered moss removal

Removing moss from pavements, yards and walkways can be a troublesome task, but removing moss can be made simple with a Kersten powered sweeper or WeedBrush.
Chemical use is highly controversial and topical and any way of reducing it is welcome.
The hydraulic powered sweeper can be set to scrub the outdoor hard surface clean whilst maintaining a steady forward speed removing moss and the debris that the moss is growing in. Moss and debris is collected in the collector box on the sweeping machine ensuring the surface is left clean and free from moss.

Perfect growing environment

A Kubota F1900 fitted with a weedbrush.

Removing moss from
a public park.
Making it safe for pedestrians.

Moss tends to grow in damp, shaded conditions where debris collects and is attached to the damp surface. The combination of shade, damp and debris provides the perfect growing environment for moss. A pavement shaded by a tall hedge may be the ideal environment to promote moss growth. It is important that pavements are kept free from moss as it can become very slippery and so causing a safety hazard.

Moss and debris can freeze

Winter conditions can make the moss covered surface even more dangerous as the moisture contained in the moss and debris can freeze. Due to the shade these areas do not thaw easily. Continued frost in the pavement surface can cause the small stones in the tarmac to become pushed out due to the expansion of the moisture contained in the debris that has been left. Of course this damage is only realised when the debris is removed from the hard surface pavement. This type of damage to the pavement is very expensive to remedy.

In the past pavements used to be swept regularly by council work men with brooms. Using brushes and brooms kept the surface free from debris and the moss did not grow. Today most pavements are not swept with a broom or sweeper. At best they may be cleared with a back pack or hand held powered blower. Most blowers are not powerful enough to move the debris that is stuck to the surface.

Debris that is stuck to the surface

A Kubota F1900 fitted with a weedbrush.

A Kubota F1900 fitted with
a weedbrush.

There are chemical solutions designed to kill moss on pavements which generally do kill moss when sprayed in the correct conditions and using suitable application rates for the level of infestation. These chemical moss killer products include MMC Pro Moss Killer, Eco Chem Moss and Algae Killer, MossKiller Ready, Simply Gone, Vitax Finalsan Organic Moss Killer, Brintons Patio Magic, Bayer Garden Moss Killer. Quite often the dead moss serves to provide the perfect food source for the next lot of moss to grow in. Increasingly their use is becoming prohibited by councils and public bodies.
The only sure way of removing moss is by physically removing it and its growing medium or food sources

Very effective moss killer

A sweeper can be a very effective moss killer or at least an effective moss remover. The powered sweepers from Kersten can help prevent moss from becoming established by regularly sweeping surfaces to remove rubbish, mud and general debris. A collector box may be fitted to all Kersten sweepers. Kersten powerbrush sweepers may be pedestrian or mounted to most prime movers such as compact tractors, ride-on mowers, forklift truck and utility vehicles.

Read the 'Horticulture Week' article by Dr Neil Hipps on Herbicide-free weed control.

If you need to use chemical moss killer then we would recommend Di-Algae moss killer for hard courts and artificial grass surfaces. We can supply this.

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