Algae and weeds on brick paving
Angela Slater
Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas

How To Clean Hard Surfaces In The Garden

Algae on paths can cause accidents and weeds soon spread over the garden

Algae if left can be the cause of nasty slips, and weeds only multiply if they are left to run to seed so both these jobs need tackling as soon as possible. Fortunately there are a few products available which make this job easier. The weed killer we have used in the video is easily applied with a sprayer, wait for the weeds to die (this may take a couple of weeks depending upon the weed killer used). If you have a large area to spray it would be more cost effective to use the concentrated weed killer and apply it with a spray; just make sure you dilute the concentrate to the correct rate, as recommended by the manufacturer. If you only have a small area to spray then one of the ready mixed sprays should be enough. Once the weeds have died just cut them off at the base with a hoe and put on the compost heap.  


Algon is the most popular product we sell here at Hayes Garden World to get rid of the algae, as once you have sprayed it on you don’t need to do anything else. The algae disappears to dust and then just blows away. It also works magic on wooden fences which have started to go green.


Both these methods shown in the short video are really easy to apply for anyone of any ability and they really are essential tasks if you want to avoid slippery paths and a garden full of weeds.