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
5. Repeat As Necessary
How Do You Kill Weeds Between Interlocking Stones?
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.