If you’re looking for the best weed removal methods for backyard pavers, chances are weeds have sprung up in the cracks between paving stones in your backyard, detracting from its once beautiful look. Unfortunately, weeds thrive in some of the most unusual conditions, including between the cracks in the backyard pavers used in your outdoor living space. Typically, unsightly weeds springing up between pavers indicate improper installation of the pavers or the patio. Installers may have skipped out on the polymeric sand or other layers of materials needed beneath these pavers to impede the growth of weeds.
If your patio’s pavers have been installed improperly or if weeds are able to encroach on your backyard pavers from below due to a failure in materials used during installation, these invading weeds can easily gain a foothold and become a nuisance between your patio’s cracks. This is true of persistent weeds such as buttercup and chickweed, along with more deeply rooted species of weeds like dock and dandelion, which can be tricky to remove from your patio’s narrow cracks.
If you’ve noticed weeds between your backyard pavers, this primer on weed removal and weed control can help you get a weed-free look in no time.
Manual Weed Removal
Although it can be tedious, there is something to be said for just simply removing the weeds growing between the cracks in your backyard pavers by hand. In terms of effectiveness, manual removal of weeds tends to be among the top weed removal methods, offering the greatest chance that weeds do not return. It is also the least harsh weed removal option from an environmental standpoint since it uses no chemicals to get rid of pesky weeds – and it’s the simplest and the least costly since it’s free — aside from your time.
To pull weeds by hand, use a garden hose to add moisture to the soil beneath the crack where the weed lives. This makes removing the weeds easier and gives you a better chance of pulling the root, too. Choose a type of weeding tool made from narrow-space weeding, including V-notch and Cape Cod weeders, to help you get more of what is known as the taproot. You can also use an old kitchen knife to dig into the area between the pavers.
Easy, Cheap Weed Removal
Other chemical-free weed removal options include boiling water and pouring it between the pavers to kill both roots and seeds from the weeds invading your patio. Baking soda sprinkled into the cracks can also be effective; just make sure that you don’t spead it near plants you don’t want to be killed (or that it can’t run off and expose other plants) since it is effective at killing many species of plants in addition to weeds.
Weed Removal with White Vinegar
White vinegar is also an effective weed killer. Mix white vinegar (with a 20 percent acetic acid content) and a teaspoon of dish soap with water in a spray bottle and spray the weeds with it. This type of weed killer only kills the weed, not the root, so you will need to take other steps to prevent weeds and get on top of pre-emergent weeds to inhibit weed growth in your patio’s paving stone cracks.
Weed removal is a necessary part of lawn care. With these tips and a little elbow grease, you can put ugly weeds in the rearview.
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