How to clean your garden paths, patio and driveway

This week, we’re focusing on the paved areas of the garden. If you’re lucky enough to have some kind of driveway, or a patio, or even a little garden path, the chances are that it needs some attention. I am completely guilty of neglecting our patio and driveway, and we have a serious moss problem! Here’s my guide to how to clean your garden paths, patio and driveway.

This is a task that ideally needs to be done in one go. The time it takes depends on the size of the area you’re cleaning. The good news is, you don’t need a pressure washer to do it.

How to clean your garden paths, patio and driveway

  1. Remove any furniture (or cars).
  2. Sweep the areas really thoroughly, including the corners.
  3. Remove any weeds. Use a weeding knife for the tricky ones.
  4. If you are using a pressure washer, follow the instructions on the machine and follow the correct safety procedure.
  5.  If you are using a specialist cleaning product like Patio Magic, Everbuild or Algon, or simply soapy water or even a bleach solution, mix it up following the instructions. Soapy water will require more elbow grease but if you use a washing up liquid like Ecover it will be better for the environment.
  6. Use a watering can to apply the cleaning product. You may need to leave it to work (again, check the instructions) or you may need to get scrubbing with a stiff-bristled brush.
  7. Rinse if necessary with a watering can or hosepipe.

You’ll probably need to do this once or twice a year – in Spring and Autumn, depending on your situation and your garden. But like many things in the garden, it does make a big difference.

For more gardening projects, have a look at How to transform your lawn and How to weed your garden effectively.

Next week, we’re tackling a big task. Choose one project that you think you can get done in a weekend!

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