Backyard turning black after storms

Asked February 4, 2019, 3:45 PM EST

My pergola and wooden fence, even rocks and stone getting black residue ? Is it mold?

Oregon

1 Response

Hello,

This is a common problem. It could either be mildew, or be caused as a reaction from tannin in the wood. Given that you have black residue on rocks, it may be mildew. If the rocks/stones are near the deck/pergola, it may be just stained water dripping on to them and then staining them.

If you suspect that the black residue is due to a reaction from tannins in the wood, you may need to apply a sealant to the wood used in your deck and pergola. If it appears to be mildew, you can clean the deck and pergola (I recommend 50% water, 50% vinegar), and then apply a fungicide (some are specific to mildew) and then a sealant.

This article suggests using bleach to kill and clean the mildew, but the water-vinger solution is just as effective, and less toxic to other forms of life (humans included).

https://www.sfgate.com/homeandgarden/sweatequity/article/Preventing-black-residue-on-redwood-deck-2680479.php