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weeds growing through pavers

Weeds growing through pavers

Pressure washing the whole patio is a dual-purpose solution. Not only will it remove the weeds from the spaces between the pavers, but it will also provide a deep cleaning to the pavers, making the whole area look like new again. If you are pressure washing, do not simply use a jet nozzle. The water pressure from the nozzle can wash away the sand between the grooves and etch the surface of the pavers themselves. Instead, use a rotating surface cleaner attachment in tandem with the pressure washer.

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.

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.

White Vinegar

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.

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.

Regular Sweeping

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

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 growing through pavers

Advantages: Boiling water is cheap and readily accessible. What’s more, it has no long-lasting negative effects on the environment. The liquid hits those weeds with sizzling force, but by the time it drains off and reaches the lawn and garden, it’s cooled down harmlessly.

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.

Treat extra-large areas

My method of choice was … wait for it …. boiling water!

What’s growing between your pavers: weeds, moss, even tiny trees? If you answer “all of the above,” you’re in the same boat as I was until recently. Seemed like my patio was more vegetation than bricks and I wanted to fix it … fast.

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.

Results were very satisfactory (check out my photos!). The weeds immediately lost their oomph. An hour after treatment, they were seriously droopy. And by the next day, they’d become so dry and shriveled I could just sweep them away with a broom.