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weeds growing between paving stones

Weeds growing between paving stones

It’s important to understand how weeds get in between the paving stones in order to prevent them from growing in the future. Weeds don’t grow from the bottom up; they grow when the sand washes out allowing seedlings to fall from the top and into the spaces between your joints.

Properly installed paving stones will not be easily susceptible to weed growth. And while choosing the best materials for your project will help prevent weed growth, weeds are experts in finding places to grow. Even just a couple seedlings can quickly spread throughout your entire patio.

Despite how determined weeds can be, there are effective solutions that will prevent and deter weeds from growing. Here’s how to prevent weed growth between paving stones.

If you already have weed growth between your patio stones, here are some helpful steps:

There are few things more frustrating than grass between pavers on your pathway or patio. Not only do they make the surface look untidy, but weeds are also tedious to remove. We’ll show you how to prevent weed growth between paving stones.

Weeds growing between paving stones

Treat extra-large areas

Impatient though I was, I took time to research weed removal methods and choose the best. Read how I got rid of all the weeds between my pavers, the easy, green way.

Treating an extra-large paver-ed area with a kettle of freshly boiled water might not be practical. Instead, try pressure washing. Hot water works best. To avoid harming your pavers, follow manufacturer’s directions and start with a low pressure.

As a home and garden writer, I’m amazed at the plethora of online tips and tricks to solve problems from eliminating weeds between pavers to using up a bumper crop of cucumbers. While some come from reliable sources, I’m pretty sure many recommendations – whether dangerous, ineffective, or wildly expensive in proportion to the problem they promise to solve — have never actually been tested by the folks who promote them.

Prevention

If you hire a contractor to build a new patio, make sure that there’s adequate drainage and pavers are fitted tightly together.

So I turned the tables and rather than recommend methods of getting rid of weeds between pavers without trying them, I rejected certain methods without trying them. You’ll see my logic in a minute.

    Salt. Applying salt to weeds between pavers sounds green and simple. However, heavy rainfalls have a way of spreading this substance from paved areas to the surrounding soil. And Gardening 101 says salt kills all vegetation, not just the kind you don’t want.