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how to keep weeds from growing between patio stones

How to keep weeds from growing between patio stones

Located in Idaho Falls, Idaho, we serve residential and commercial properties in Idaho Falls, Rexburg and Pocatello, Idaho, as well as Bonneville, Madison and Bannock counties.

Which brings us to.

Here at Outback Landscape, we have the skills, tools and knowledge to design and install patios that stand the test of time — and stand up to tenacious weeds.

How to keep weeds from growing between pavers?

Step 6: Keep On Sealing

This spray-on weed killer kills existing weeds and keeps new ones from sprouting for up to a year. It’s a great way to keep weeds from growing between pavers.

The best-looking patios begin with expert installation.

Sealant also protects your patio stones from stains and protects the color from fading.

Step 2: Reach For The Roundup

Now it’s a jungle out there, with weeds and grass sprouting between the pavers like a primeval forest.

That’s right. A flat-topped screwdriver works great to pop pesky weeds out by the roots. If you just grab a weed by the stem, you might get the top part of the weed, but the roots will remain. That weed will grow back faster than you can say “Roundup.”

How to keep weeds from growing between patio stones

Once you remove the weeds through one of the methods mentioned above, stabilizing sand can be used to help keep any roots from growing back. When adding sand, it is essential that the patio is dry and free of weeds. Some paver sands feature gel additives that react with water, filling in the space between the stones so weeds have nowhere to go. Some sands also feature a pH that inhibits weed growth by making it uninhabitable. The type of sand used will help to determine the proper installation method. Follow the instructions carefully to ensure the product is used properly.

Pulling weeds is a classic method of removal but it is only effective if the entire plant is removed, root and all. To do this, reach for the lowest point of the stem and carefully pull the weed. Any roots that don’t come with the plant will grow back. This often results in multiple hand-pulling sessions before the problem is remedied. Hands-on removal is possible at the onset of a weed problem, when only a few weeds are present, but it can become a very labor-intensive and less effective method when there is a severe weed problem.

Weeds thrive in cool, damp soil. When the deck or patio is properly sloped, water runs down the slope and doesn’t stay stagnant in the crevices between the pavers, helping to prevent the conditions weeds need to thrive. The slope of the paved area should always tilt away from the house.

Prevention is one of the best methods of weed control. With a little regular maintenance, weeds can be avoided in the first place.

Hands-On Removal

A deck or patio crafted of pavers is sure to have lines between each stone. Without proper prevention, weeds can find their way through those joints, reducing the appearance and potentially causing damage to the entire floor. With a few preventative measures, weeds can be avoided in the first place. If weeds are already present, there’s no need to stress. Corrective measures can eliminate the weeds and restore the look of your driveway, deck, or patio.

Most of the time, weeds to not sprout up from beneath the pavers. They actually start with seeds that settle between the cracks of the pavers on the surface. Seeds need to take root in order to grow. Sweeping your pavers regularly will disrupt the seeds prior to rooting, helping to inhibit weed growth. Sweeping also removes surface dirt and helps to enhance curb appeal by keeping your pavers looking clean.

Instead of treating weeds with harsh chemicals, open the pantry and reach for the white vinegar. Pour the vinegar into an empty spray bottle and spray the cracks between the pavers, leaving it to sit and work its way into the sand. When a few hours have passed, rinse away the vinegar with a garden hose. This simple remedy will kill the weeds without damaging the pavers or damaging nearby plants. Vinegar should not discolor pavers but if you have any concerns, do the same process with an inconspicuous test spot before treating the entire area.

White Vinegar

An alternative to hand-pulling weeds is taking advantage of a mechanical removal solution. Crack scrapers are outfitted with L-shaped blades that pull a weed from the stem, removing the weed at the base of the stem. Normally, this method leaves behind the root, allowing for regrowth. As a result, mechanical removal is a way to temporarily restore the look of the deck or patio, but future mechanical removal sessions will be needed to remove regrowth.

Installing pavers results in spaces between the bricks or stones. The first step in preventing weeds is ensuring proper installation. A sand bed tightly packed provides a level foundation for the deck or patio. Once all the pavers are in place, additional sands should be packed into the crevices. This sand ensures each paver stays in place and helps prevent weed growth.