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Home & Garden | June 12, 2021

Cleaning Your Gutters and Controlling Moss

Home & Garden Garden & Yard Care

Springtime chores can add up fast. Especially if you have a garden or fields that need attending. One of the more important chores you cannot afford to ignore is moss control on your roof and around your property, as well as cleaning the fall and winter out of your home’s rain gutters. We have you covered with a few simple suggestions.

Gutter Cleaning

Cleaning out the gutters late spring and fall can keep water from damaging your home’s foundation or siding. To clean your gutters, you’re going to need a ladder, a pair of rubber gloves, and a hose with a spray attachment.

First, use your hands to clean out any debris from inside the gutters. Then remove leaves and twigs from the downspouts. You might need to use a plumber’s snake or remove the downspouts to access items lodged in place.

Finally, use a hose to flush out the gutters and the downspouts. Once the water runs freely down the spouts, you’ll know everything is clean. If you have leaks, try Flex Seal® or another sealant.

Removing Moss from Your Property

Depending on where you live in the Pacific Northwest, moss can be an issue on walkways, landscaping stones, and livestock areas. Monterey Herbicidal Soap kills moss and algae quickly and easily. As an added bonus, it also kills weeds. Plus, it’s safe to use around your property, including fences, sidewalks, patios, gravel paths, driveways, and even trees. Simply follow the directions on the bottle for best results.

Looking for a more hands-on approach to moss removal from your walkways, patio, deck, or livestock areas? A good power washer can do wonders. Check out our article The Fine Art of Power Washing for tips on buying the right power washer and how to use one.

Removing Moss from Your Roof

In the fall or early spring, one of the ways to kill moss on your roof is with Moss Out!® Granules from Lilly Miller. By sprinkling the product on your roof just before the rains start in the fall or during one of the big storms in spring, you can effectively kill the moss on and around your shingles. As the rains continue, the dead moss will fall away into your gutters.

Coastal tip: Keep a bottle of Moss Out!® Granules nearby to periodically sprinkle on damp areas where moss is an issue, including walkways and barn overhangs.

Looking for a late spring or summertime moss killing solution? Moss Out!® Roofs and Walks can be used on cedar shakes, composition shingles, stucco, decks, fences, siding, bricks, walkways, driveways, gravel, and asphalt.

Just shake the bottle before each use and mix one part Moss Out!® Roofs and Walks with 19 parts water (6.8 oz. added to 1 gallon of water). Add more Moss Out! to your mixture to ensure proper coverage and effectiveness in areas thick with moss.

Coastal tip: Be careful if you spray Moss Out!® Roofs and Walks onto walkways. They can become slippery for a few hours after an application.

Moss B Ware is another option that is safe for roofs, patios, and walkways and is available at your nearby Coastal. Just apply Moss B Ware from the shaker container and let the chemicals do the rest of the work.

Coastal has Your Moss Control

You’ll find power washers and a full line of moss control options at your Northwest owned and operated Coastal. Stop by today and go home with everything you need to clean up your property and enjoy some summertime adventures, including fishing equipment, coolers, and warm-weather clothing for the whole family.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to remove moss from roof?
One of the ways to kill moss on your roof is with Moss Out!® Granules from Lilly Miller. Sprinkle the product on your roof just before the rains start in the fall or during one of the big storms in spring. It can effectively kill the moss on and around your shingles.

How to get rid of moss on lawn?
To eliminate moss in your lawn, use a grass fertilizer that is 10% iron and rich with nitrogen. This is usually a 20-0-5 fertilizer.

How often should I clean out my gutters?
Cleaning out the gutters twice a year, in late spring and fall, can keep water from damaging your home’s foundation or siding.

Should I hire someone to clean my gutters?
If you’re not comfortable climbing a ladder, or if your gutters are high above the ground, hiring a professional might be advisable. If you do clean them yourself, remember to always be careful and work with a partner when possible.

When is the best time to clean gutters?
Cleaning out the gutters twice a year, in late spring and fall, can keep water from damaging your home’s foundation or siding.

When to apply moss control on lawns?
Anytime you spot moss in your lawn, it’s advisable to add a grass fertilizer that is 10% iron and rich with nitrogen. This is usually a 20-0-5 fertilizer.

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