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how to stop weeds from growing between patio stones

How to stop weeds from growing between patio stones

Pulling weeds is a classic method of removal but it is only effective if the entire plant is removed, root and all. To do this, reach for the lowest point of the stem and carefully pull the weed. Any roots that don’t come with the plant will grow back. This often results in multiple hand-pulling sessions before the problem is remedied. Hands-on removal is possible at the onset of a weed problem, when only a few weeds are present, but it can become a very labor-intensive and less effective method when there is a severe weed problem.

Installing pavers results in spaces between the bricks or stones. The first step in preventing weeds is ensuring proper installation. A sand bed tightly packed provides a level foundation for the deck or patio. Once all the pavers are in place, additional sands should be packed into the crevices. This sand ensures each paver stays in place and helps prevent weed growth.

An alternative to hand-pulling weeds is taking advantage of a mechanical removal solution. Crack scrapers are outfitted with L-shaped blades that pull a weed from the stem, removing the weed at the base of the stem. Normally, this method leaves behind the root, allowing for regrowth. As a result, mechanical removal is a way to temporarily restore the look of the deck or patio, but future mechanical removal sessions will be needed to remove regrowth.

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When weeds are already present you have to go from prevention to finding effective remedies for the problem. There are a number of ways you can remove existing weeds from your paver area. A single weed-removal method may not be enough. It may be more effective to combine two or more of these strategies, depending on how severe the weed problem is. Once the problem has been rectified, go back to the prevention methods to keep them away.

A deck or patio crafted of pavers is sure to have lines between each stone. Without proper prevention, weeds can find their way through those joints, reducing the appearance and potentially causing damage to the entire floor. With a few preventative measures, weeds can be avoided in the first place. If weeds are already present, there’s no need to stress. Corrective measures can eliminate the weeds and restore the look of your driveway, deck, or patio.

Proper Installation

Weeds thrive in cool, damp soil. When the deck or patio is properly sloped, water runs down the slope and doesn’t stay stagnant in the crevices between the pavers, helping to prevent the conditions weeds need to thrive. The slope of the paved area should always tilt away from the house.

Prevention is one of the best methods of weed control. With a little regular maintenance, weeds can be avoided in the first place.

How to stop weeds from growing between patio stones

The polymer sand is too hard and won’t allow the sealant to penetrate.

This spray-on weed killer kills existing weeds and keeps new ones from sprouting for up to a year. It’s a great way to keep weeds from growing between pavers.

Here at Outback, we recommend sealing your patio. You can choose a matte finish sealer or a glossy variety that will look shiny and wet.

Step 4: Fill and Seal

Before applying sealant, you need to re-fill the spaces between pavers with sand.

Remember when your patio looked so pretty? Smooth, clean and weed-free?

Step 2: Reach For The Roundup

Which brings us to.

Now it’s a jungle out there, with weeds and grass sprouting between the pavers like a primeval forest.