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How To Remove Algae/Moss From A Wooden Fence

Finding moss and algae on your wooden garden fence isn’t uncommon, and doesn’t suggest an unruly garden full of weeds and fungus. But don’t panic, because there a couple of very easy, cheap and effective ways to rid your fence of green grime.

 

Using a pressure washer

 

While exceptionally fun to use, pressure washers are great for lifting stubborn growths that appear around your garden. But before you start the hosing down, here are a few things you will need:

 

  • Garden shears (if you have plants in front of the fence)
  • General purpose galvanised wire
  • Tarpaulin
  • Pressure washer
  • Household bleach
  • A bucket
  • Scrub brush
  • Protective gloves
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood preserve

 

The first thing you must do is trim and tie back any plants you have around the fence, then cover them with tarpaulin. Put the power washer on a low pressure setting and stand 2 feet (0.6 metre) away, then begin hosing it down. Let the fence air dry before inspecting it (again) for green stains.

 

If you spot any, put on some protective gloves and mix one part bleach to two parts water in a bucket, you don’t need to stir. Take a scrub brush and rub the green stains, going in circular motions. Once you’re satisfied the stains have gone, repeat the pressure washing to remove any residue.

 

Check the fence for green marks once again, then sand any rough areas. To finish, apply some wood preserve with a large paint brush to restore the fence to its original condition.

 

Hand scrubbing

 

Although slightly more laborious than using a pressure washer, hand scrubbing the moss away can be highly rewarding. Here’s what you’ll need:

 

  • Tarpaulin
  • General purpose galvanised wire
  • Household bleach
  • A bucket
  • Protective gloves
  • Mild soap (that’s safe to mix with bleach)
  • Scrub brush
  • Garden hose
  • Wood preserve

 

Tie back and cover your plants with tarpaulin. Then put on protective gloves and mix one part bleach to two parts warm water, and add a teaspoon of mild soap (one to each litre of water in the bucket). Take a brush and scrub the moss ridden areas until the green patches have lifted.

 

Once the stains have gone, rinse the fence with clean water, for convenience, it would be best to do this with a garden hose. Ensure it’s left to air dry before sanding any rough areas. Once you’re happy that the stains have gone and the fence is completely dry, you can apply wood preserve with a large paint brush to restore the fence to its original condition.

Here at Barnard Fencing, we provide our customers with high quality fence supplies, panels and posts, as well as installation services and decking supplies. If your fence is in a state of disrepair, or you’re looking for a change in your garden scenery in time for summer, get in touch with us today for a free, no obligation quote.

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