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The Best Way to Get Rid of Moss Between Patio Bricks

By Julie Christensen ; Updated September 21, 2017
Moss grows in the crevices of brick patios.
patterned brick patio image by David Levinson from Fotolia.com

Nothing is more charming than a shaded brick patio with lush moss peeking through the crevices. The moss adds a classic, aged patina. Unfortunately, walking on that patio is downright dangerous because that moss becomes slippery when it's damp. Moss thrives in damp, shady conditions. Selectively prune trees and shrubs to promote more light and position sprinklers so they don't fall on your patio. But these measures probably won't completely prevent moss growth in wet climates.

Scrub the moss with a stiff-bristled brush. Moss has no roots so it comes off easily.

Make a solution of 1 part chlorine bleach to 9 parts water in a bucket.

Scrub the bricks with the chlorine bleach solution to inhibit future moss growth.


Things You Will Need

  • Stiff-bristle brush
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Bucket


  • Test the chlorine bleach solution on an inconspicuous area on your patio before applying it. Don't use it if the bricks seem faded or discolored.
  • Power-washing will remove moss, but can also damage bricks. Use power-washers on the lowest setting and don't point them directly at the bricks. Use a side-sweeping motion or call a professional.

About the Author


Julie Christensen is a food writer, caterer, and mom-chef. She's the creator of MarmaladeMom.org, dedicated to family fun and delicious food, and released a book titled "More Than Pot Roast: Fast, Fresh Slow Cooker Recipes."