5. Stick It To Lichens
Lichens are the ruffled, funguslike organisms that grow on stones, brick walls, and tree trunks. Many gardeners love the natural look lichens lend to trees – but if you don’t count yourself among them, here’s a simple way to make lichens disappear: Scrub them with a stiff brush dipped in a solution of 2 tablespoons household bleach and 4 cups water. Just make sure none of the runoff comes into contact with your garden plants.