FAQ: Will Wet & Forget Kill My Plants?

Wet & Forget is the perfect product to kill algae, mold, mildew, moss or lichen on all of your outdoor surfaces. Like most folks, though, you probably have plants nearby that you want to protect, such as your nice green lawn, your wife’s prized tulips or your landscaping shrubs. Fear not–Wet & Forget’s gentle process will get rid of the problem growths while leaving your plants safe and sound. Follow these simple steps to keep your landscaping beautiful while showing no mercy to moss, mold, mildew algae or lichen.

Grass next to sidewalk or driveway

Lots of people have written in to ask us about the possible effects treating their sidewalk or driveway with Wet & Forget could have on the grass next to the treated area.

One customer wrote:

“Can I spray Wet & Forget on my landscape edger’s? Will it kill the grass surrounding the edger? I have grass on the sides of sidewalks and driveways. If I spray Wet & Forget on sidewalks and driveways, some of it is bound to get on to the grass. How can I use the product without affecting my grass?”

First, we’ll tackle the question about grass next to a driveway or sidewalk. This is a valid concern for anyone who takes great care to maintain a lush lawn. While the overspray from treating your driveway with Wet & Forget will not kill your grass like bleach and many commercial cleaners can, it could cause some temporary browning. To prevent this, simply wet the grass with clear water before and after you spray Wet & Forget. Another option would be to cover the grass next to the sidewalk or driveway with a tarp or other protective material before you spray Wet & Forget.

Note: Bleach and some commercial cleaners can kill your grass even when you don’t spray them directly on the lawn. The rain can sometimes wash enough of a harsh product onto your grass to kill it. Bleach sprayed on your roof can travel through the downspout–corroding the downspout along the way–wash out onto the lawn and damage the landscaping.

Spraying landscape edgers

The sides of landscape edgers are often out of direct sunlight and in a damp area, which can make them a welcoming environment for moss, mold, mildew, algae or lichen. They are also right next to your valuable plants, which is a concern for homeowners who want to rid their landscape edgers of these ugly growths. If you use bleach or a cleaner with harsh solvents, your flowers and shrubs may die right along with the mildew.

Wet & Forget’s nearly pH-neutral formula and gentle cleaning process are the way to go to preserve your landscaping while you clean your edgers. As you would do with grass, just wet the plants down thoroughly with clear water before and after you spray with Wet & Forget, or cover the plants with a protective barrier such as a waterproof tarp or plastic drop-cloth.

Wet & Forget’s environmentally-safe formula is designed to remove mold, mildew, algae, moss or lichen from your outdoor surfaces without causing the damage, such as pitting or corrosion, that harsh solvents can cause. It also will not leach into the soil and kill your plants, as harsh chemicals can do. You’re proud of your landscaping, so keep it looking beautiful by choosing Wet & Forget!

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16 comments:

  1. Earl

    I have Moss in my grass can i use outdoor wet & forget to kill the moss?

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    1. Wet And Forget

      Hi Earl,
      Wet & Forget is only registered for use on surfaces such as patios, decks, and siding to name a few. We do not recommend using Wet & Forget on turf such as your lawn.

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  2. Alice

    I live on a lake. Will Wet and Forget used outside, harm the animals and plants living in the lake?

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    1. Wet And Forget

      Hi Alice,
      Wet & Forget can only be applied to surfaces that are at least 100ft away from lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams.

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  3. joe macdougall

    does wet and forget kill liverwort?

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    1. Wet And Forget

      Hi Joe,
      Liverwort is not one of the growths we’ve tested Wet & Forget Moss Mold Mildew & Algae Stain Remover with, but there is a chance you may have results on this type of organic growth.

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  4. Dennis

    I have black mold spots on bare soil near a shaded area next to a fence. will outdoor wet and forget kill these mold spots? The area in question is about six inches wide and 10 feet long, is low lying and frequently moist.

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    1. Wet And Forget

      Hi Dennis,
      Wet & Forget should only be applied to surfaces rather than the turf or the ground.

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  5. Paul

    Can Wet And Forget be used on large oak trees to remove lichens without harming the trees? Thanks

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    1. Wet And Forget

      Hi Paul,
      Yes, Wet & Forget can be used on dormant tree trunks to remove lichen without causing harm to the tree.

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      1. Don Perryman

        What do you mean by “dormant tree trunks”?

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        1. Wet And Forget

          Hi Don,
          Wet & Forget is safe to use on trees when the tree is in a resting phase. A decrease in temperature and daylight will put trees into a dormant state. In other words, we don’t recommend applying Wet & Forget to a growing tree in the summer.

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  6. Arline Stone

    Can Wet and Forget be used on a once clear tarp that is now green?

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    1. Wet and Forget

      Hi Arline,
      Wet & Forget is safe to use on a clear tarp.

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  7. jIM

    Can I spray Wet & Forget on my orange tree to kill the black mold on the branches and leaves?

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    1. Wet and Forget

      Hi Jim,
      We do not recommend using Wet & Forget on orange trees.

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