Have you recently installed some paving stones, and now you are starting to see grass growing between them? We have a few usetul tips to help you get rid of these unwanted weeds.
1. Manually Removing Weeds
Although, more laborious than other methods, it does hold the advantage of being 100% environmentally friendly. Wet the area about an hour before you begin to ensure the roots are damp, this will making the pulling out of roots that much easier.
2. Natural Weed Killing Remedies
If you prefer another environmentally safe way to remove weeds from your paving, try one of these time-tested natural remedies those work out rather inexpensively:
a. Using Backing Soda to Dry Out Weeds
Baking soda is chemically known as Sodium Bicarbonate. Technically, it overloads weed with salts and absorbs cellular water from the tissues of weed. Eventually, roots of weed dry out, and it dies.
b. Apply Vinegar to Dry Out Patio Weeds:
Vinegar, just like Baking Soda is chemically acetic acid. Technically, it draws the moisture out of the plant tissues including roots and leads the plant to death within a day or two.
c. Use Common Salt to Kill Patio Weeds:
Common Salt is chemically Sodium Chloride. When it used as oversaturated solution in 3:1 (Salt-:-Water) ratio, it dehydrates any plant including weeds of your pavers. Repeat the process monthly until new sprouting of weeds stops.
d. Pour Boiling Water to Kill Patio Weeds
It is an extremely inexpensive and simple way to kill the weed plants growing in cracks of the patio paving or garden paths. The best way is to apply grass cutter machine before boiling water treatment. It will open up the crown of the weed plants and provide space to hot drip water into the deep soil.
3. Apply Polymeric Sand to Stop Weed Growth
In the old days, patio owners were removing old contaminated sands from cracks between the stones of paving patios. They used to fill up the crevices with new or fresh sands.
Unfortunately, it alleviated weed growth only for limited period or seasons. It proves expensive when carried out frequently within a short span.
Fortunately, today we have the latest technologies called artificial sand granules made from polymeric chemicals. It binds or glues the sand particles after activation by water. Upon drying, it gets hard and cements the stones in pavers to prevent invasion of seeds of weeds.