How to Mix Zinc Sulfate Powder to Kill Moss

Removing unsightly moss from your roof is an important part of home maintenance. Moss is more than just ugly — it can dam and divert water runoff, causing water to leak into your home. However, while mixing and spraying a zinc sulfate solution, you must be careful to protect the surrounding vegetation and watershed. Zinc sulfate is toxic to fish and other invertebrates.

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Wood shingles are a favorite place for moss to grow.

Step 1

Put on safety gear, including work gloves, a breathing mask and safety glasses.

Step 2

Pour 3 gallons of warm water in a plastic 5-gallon bucket. Do not use metal — the zinc may react with metal items.

Step 3

Add 1-1/2 lbs. of zinc sulfate powder slowly to the water to avoid dispersing the powder in the air. Stir it with a disposable painter's stick to mix it thoroughly.

Step 4

Pour the zinc sulfate solution into a garden sprayer. Attach a garden hose to the sprayer and apply it to the roof.