How To Kill Weeds Between Patio Stones

It’s weed season, so you know what that means! You’re going to have to get rid of weeds between pavers. You might immediately think of purchasing weed killers, which are an option, but they can be expensive and toxic to pets or children that might come in contact with them. If you’re looking for a cheap way to kill the weeds without spending money on weed killer then this article is for you!

1. Choose The Right Weed Killer

If you’re still set on purchasing a weed killer to prevent weed growth and remove existing weeds, you’ll need to choose the right weed killer depending on what type of weeds you have around your paver stones in the first place. You can use chemicals to kill weeds, but there are also natural remedies like vinegar, a saltwater solution, a baking soda mixture, etc. Or, take out your handy dandy serrated kitchen knife and get to work!

2. Apply The Weed Killer Properly

Before applying the weed killer, make sure to read the instructions carefully. Most weed killers can be applied with a garden hose or spray bottle. If you’re using a chemical herbicide, mix it according to the manufacturer’s directions and pour it on the weeds. Be careful not to get any of the herbicides on desirable plants. You’ll also want to wear gloves while handling any chemical herbicides.

3. Be Patient and Wait For Results

Treating weeds depends on the type of weed killer you use. Most herbicides take from one to two weeks before they kill the unwelcome weeds between pavers.

After killing the weeds, remove them by hand (wearing gloves if you used chemicals) or with a rake. This will prevent weeds from growing back for at least another year.

4. Monitor The Area For Any Signs of Re-Growth

Even if you think killing the weeds is enough, it’s best to monitor your area for any signs of re-growth. If there are no new weed seedlings in a month or so, then you can move on and enjoy your yard again!

5. Repeat As Necessary

Weeds will always find a way to grow back, so you may need to repeat the steps above from time to time. They’re called pesky for a reason! But with proper weed control, your patio should be weed-free for at least another year, especially if you have polymeric sand between your pavers. This is another option for naturally killing weeds.

How Do You Kill Weeds Between Interlocking Stones?

You should weed between the interlocking stones once or twice a year, depending on your location and weed population. When you need them, be careful not to remove any of the polymeric sand growing between each paver because that’s what holds it together. You can use one of the following methods of removing weeds:

The Baking Soda Hack To Preventing Weeds Between Paving Stones

Sprinkle baking soda between paving slabs and let it stand overnight in order to absorb excess moisture from around and under the weed roots. The next day, remove as many weeds as you possibly can with your bare hands or with a small trowel. Be careful not to damage the pavers in the process.

If weed roots are visible, grasp them with your fingers and pull gently but firmly until they come out of the soil. Repeat the procedure as necessary until weed growth is eliminated.

If you live in a damp climate, it’s important to keep an eye out for weed growth between the pavers. Not having proper drainage can be the “root” of your weed problems.

So, How Do You Stop Weeds From Growing Between Pavers?

As mentioned above, you can use baking soda mixed in damp soil to kill patio weeds between pavers, as well as on their own if they’re popping up in your yard and garden. It works because baking soda kills the roots and leaves of plants by inhibiting an enzyme that is essential for respiration (the part where they turn food into energy).

Another option is to use a weed killer. Be sure to read the instructions carefully as some weed killers can damage pavers. If you don’t want to use chemicals, there are natural products to use as well.

Finally, you can try covering the area between the pavers with more polymeric sand. This will help to prevent weeds from growing in the first place.

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