Block, or brick paving, is a decorative method to create pavement, patio, or road surfacing.
It is a beautiful way to enhance the overlook appeal and beauty of the property. However, pesky weeds can grow if left unattended and not maintained properly, leading to an unsightly and hideous garden. Besides being annoying, they are hard to get rid of, but this article states some effective ways to remove them, restoring your paving to its optimal condition.
How to Stop Weed Before They Grow
Before we mention the steps for weed removal, you can prevent them from growing in the first place.
- First, you must ensure that the stones are correctly installed.
- In order to do so, the foundation should be tightly packed.
- Another thing to keep in mind is that don’t lay plastic underneath the pavers; the joints will keep wet, promoting weed growth.
- Ensure the pavement is properly sloped to let the excess rainwater direct away; otherwise, stagnant water elevates moss and weed growth.
- Regularly sweep the area to remove and prevent seed settling between the pavers.
What Are the Ways to Remove Weed?
Removing Weed Manually
First, you need to remove the current weed before thinking about the long-term solution. You can use the simplest way by stripping them out using a pair of gardening gloves.
- While removing the weed, use a knee pad to rest
- The best time to remove them by hand is after heavy rain.
- And if you cannot wait till it rains, you can hose down the pavement and remove weeds easily after it lifts.
- And for stubborn weeds, you can use a billhook.
- Though this method seems tedious, it has long-lasting results.
Vinegar is the cheapest, most readily available and most potent weed killer. It is highly effective, especially for annual weeds.
- For older weeds, use vinegar of higher concentration.
- For young weeds, simple white vinegar will work.
- To make a more effective solution, mix two tablespoons of dish soap with approximately 5 litres of vinegar.
- You can measure and increase the quantity according to the pavement size.
- Add the solution to a garden spray bottle and sprinkle it into the weeds.
Note: Soap helps the vinegar to stick better on the weeds. Moreover,
- If you have a smaller area to cover, you can also use the vinegar bottle.
- If you use a high concentration of vinegar instead of white vinegar, dilute it with water.
- Ensure you apply vinegar on a sunny day to dry out the pesky weeds faster.
- If it rains right after you have sprayed the vinegar, spray it again after it dries out.
Note: Vinegar is the fastest and most effective way to kill weed due to the acitic acid. But safety should be a number priority; therefore, to keep yourself safe from toxic fumes, wear eye and face masks and gloves to prevent burns.
Pour Boiling Water Directly
Another way to stop weed resprout is to pour boiling water between the gaps.
- Simply boil the water in the pan or using an electric kettle
- Hot water would make it easier to pull out the weeds easily as stubborn roots will soften up.
- Ensure you pour directly on the weeds from a short height.
Use Salt Water to Kill Weeds
You can make a saltwater solution using 1-part salt and 3-part water.
- Pour the solution on the weeds, and when they begin to dry out, sprinkle some dry salt on them.
- If it’s not much effective, repeat the process or add vinegar and dish soap.
- Use the method every 3 to 6 weeks.
Sprinkle Baking Soda
Baking soda is the safest way to kill or remove weeds from your block paving.
- Sprinkle baking soda and sweep it into the gaps.
- Once sprinkled, hose down with water.
- This combination will not only kill them but makes them easier to uproot as well.
- Repeating the process every month will immensely stop weed growth.
Use a Pressure Washer
Instead of deweeding the gaps manually, a pressure washer is extremely helpful.
- Seeds, loose weeds or roots hidden deeply will be removed easily, finishing the job once and for all.
- Use a pressure washer for 30 seconds in each area
- However, this method must not be used regularly as it will break down the grout that holds pavers in place.
- It is best if you use a pressure washer once a season.
Note: If you don’t have a power washer, rent one from a hardware shop.
Sweep Patio Regularly
- Sweeping the patio frequently removes any seeds in the paver gaps.
- This way, you can prevent unsightly weed growth
Use Polymeric Jointing Sand to Seal the Gaps
- This sand is an ideal way to prevent weed growth.
- All one needs to do is, fill the gaps with this sand and sprinkle some water.