Moss is a great way to help the pavers of a newer walkway or garden area look verdant and abundant. But one question we get pretty frequently here at Loukonen Bros. is whether that moss is safe to leave or if it needs to be removed from the stone. The secondary question, of course, is how to do so. Here’s what you need to know about that simple little moss patch growing on your flagstone.
Moss growing on stones is one of those things that just happens naturally, when the conditions are right. In fact, some go to the effort of actually seeing and trying to purposefully grow moss on decorative stones to increase the aesthetic appeal. However, there are a couple of things to consider about safety and durability. First, the location of the moss growing stones matters. For instance, a decorative boulder in your garden growing moss probably isn’t much to be concerned over. However, if you used flagstone pavers to create a patio space in your backyard, moss growing across that may be more of a concern. In the right spot or quantity, moss can easily become slick and present a hazard for anyone walking across the surface and not paying attention.
The other big question is that of durability. Most flagstone options are durable stones with a low level of porosity. This means the stone won’t absorb water as well, but it’s also going to be a bit tougher for moss to work its way into the stone to potentially damage it. A more porous stone would be more easily damaged by moss or plants growing into it; however, moss is less likely to grow because it doesn’t allow for water collecting on top. So you don’t really need to worry about the integrity of the stone being compromised.
If you’re ready to add a decorative Colorado touch to your home or yard, contact Loukonen Bros. today to learn more about our flagstone options!