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This article was co-authored by Scott Johnson. Scott Johnson is the Owner and Lead Design Consultant for Concrete Creations, Inc., an award-winning landscape and design company based in the San Diego, California metro area. He has over 30 years of experience in the pool and landscape construction industry and specializes in large estate outdoor environment construction projects. His work has been featured in San Diego Home & Garden Magazine and on Pool Kings TV Show. He earned a BS degree in Construction Management with an emphasis in Architecture and CAD design from Northern Arizona University.

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Stone and brick patios make gorgeous additions to any home. That is, until they become infested with unsightly weeds. Unlike weeds in your garden that can easily be pulled out, the removal of patio weeds involves a bit more ingenuity. Although the process is a little different than weeding your garden, the most effective and long-lasting way to eradicate patio weeds is to remove them by hand. You can also kill patio weeds using products you might already have at home. Finally, once your weeds have been removed, you can take steps to prevent their return.

Weeds growing through patio

Firstly you’ll need to remove the larger weeds, this can be done easily with a specially designed weed brush.

This serves two purposes, it will remove any remnants of the old weeds you just brushed away but cleverly it will also blast those tiny weed seeds into oblivion giving your patio a nice fresh start while you work on the final stage and begin your prevention program.

A good method of prevention is to ensure when laying a new patio that you avoid giving seeds any gaps in which to grow. Proper drainage will also add to preventative measures since weeds love a cool damp environment.

Be sure to purchase the correct handle size for your height, sold separately.

Hard Graft

Weeds grow from seeds falling into gaps between paving rather than from growing up from underneath, unfortunately this does little to lesson the difficulty of effective removal.

Whether you’re a novice gardener or an avid green thumb I think we can all agree that weeds are the bane of any patio or paving area in a garden.

We highly recommend using Bostik Self-Hardening patio filler to prevent weeds from developing in the first instance or once you are rid of weeds it is a well rated method of preventing re-growth. It comes in two colours, natural or grey so is sure to suit most patios.

Anti-Weed Sand

Here are PatioMate’s top tips for removing the unsightly green beasts for good.

Secondly you’ll need to tackle any remnants left behind and smaller weeds, for this we highly recommend a pressure washer.