It’s inevitable that weeds will emerge in your garden paths, patio pavers or driveway over time. Cracks hold a surprising amount of organic matter and the moisture that seeps into them may stay longer than expected, which is a perfect bed for grass and weed seeds.
Here are a few methods you can use to get rid of weeds in block paving:
While time-consuming, manually picking weeds is an effective method when using the right tools. Pulling is especially effective for weeds with taproots. It’s important to dampen the soil so you can pull weeds up easily and remove as much of the root system as you can. Be careful to not break off the roots though; if the roots remain in the soil, more weeds will continue to grow. Wear tight-fitting gloves to protect your hands not only from being dirty and wet from the soil, but from the hazardous living organisms in the damp soil as well. You might find it more comfortable to wear knee pads during long periods of kneeling and crouching. If you’re working on your knees close to your crops, short-handled tools are best. On the other hand, long-handled tools allow you to work while standing, which is especially great if you have large areas to cover. Get familiar with the different kinds of tools, like the long-handled garden hoe and garden cultivator, then read more about the best weeding tools.
Spot treating weeds with a non-selective herbicide like Earth’s Ally® Weed & Grass Killer quickly kills all weeds down to the root. It is powered by sea salt, offering a safer alternative to glyphosate and kills all common weeds, including Broadleaf, Crabgrass, Dandelion, Clover, Ivy, Chickweed and more. For the best results, shake the product and saturate the plant on a sunny day, but avoid over-spraying on desirable plants or grass. For smaller areas, try the 24 oz. ready-to-use bottle and for driveways and large patios, the one-gallon ready-to-use with built-in sprayer works best.
Plants cannot sprout up if there’s no space to penetrate. After inspecting your pavement, vacuum out the cracks and then fill crevices with a polymeric sand or mortar. If the space between your pavers is larger, you can also use materials like thyme or sedum as a living ground cover to crowd out any weeds or fill spaces with shredded bark mulch or pea gravel.
Using these methods will help control and prevent the spread of weeds between paving, keeping your outside areas looking brand new. There may be more weed seeds waiting in the soil between the cracks waiting to sprout, so you might need to incorporate these methods into your regular gardening schedule to keep your driveway and paver paths weed-free.