PREVENTING MOSS, ALGAE & WEEDS IN BRICK PAVERS IN MICHIGAN
Brick pavers in Michigan should be pressure washed & sealed once every 2 years to remedy, weed, algae & moss issues and restore a like new appearance. Regular pressure washing, proper joint sand & sealing will prevent weeds, algae & moss. Weeds & moss prefer damp shady areas because they require moisture to grow & reproduce. Algae thrive in areas that have poor water drainage & lots of shade, such as a patio below a raised deck.
A layer of green algae & moss can create a dangerous slippery paver surface when wet. Keeping your brick pavers cleaned, sanded & sealed is the best way to prevent moss, algae & fungus build-up.
It’s helpful to prune plants, shrubs or trees that hang over the pavers to improve sunlight & airflow, which aids in drying time.
Brick pavers should have a slight slope, which will prevent water from ponding in low areas. If your pavers have area’s with ponding water near the outside edges, it may be necessary to dig out shallow drainage channels & fill them with pea gravel or crushed stone to absorb the water run off & prevent dirt or mulch washout.
After brick pavers are properly cleaned to remove moss, algae & weeds it’s necessary to install polymeric sand, available in tan or gray to blend with color of your brick pavers. This sand will lock moisture out of the joints remaining firm & stable.
Sealing brick pavers is helpful in stopping water penetration. Sealers are available in a glossy appearance or matte appearance.
Whatever option you choose, locking moisture out of joints & surface will prevent moss, algae & weeds in brick pavers in Michigan.
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