Gardening magazines can often become so starved for content that the products & methods they resort to advertising for weed removal tend to offend the more environmentally informed. Some even express their displeasure via the ‘cancel culture’ much to the chagrin of these gardening ‘experts.’
Run up a string search for ‘environmentally safe ways to kill paver weeds,’ and don’t be surprised if vinegar, salt & bleach debut in that search! Avoid them all.
While we don’t boast any such expertise in eradicating an infestation of paver weeds, we know concrete pavers and their upkeep, which puts Surface Solutions in the league of informed weeding advice. Like any good asphalt & paving company near you, we’re going the extra mile on this one, so listen up folks!
This advice can be the difference between a ruined hardscape and a perfectly splendid & green property.
Things Not to Do
1. Use Table Salt
Avoid this weed-killing method at all costs, as the excess salt run-off into the surrounding soil will kill your beautiful petunias (and much more!).
2. Sprinkling Baking Soda
Again, the sodium & carbonate content can affect the fertility of your landscape soil, so please avoid this ‘magical cure-all’ weed killer tip as well.
3. White Vinegar
Definitely no! Vinegar is still an acid and can burn weed leaves, it will most certainly not affect weed roots, and you will have to deal with seeds sooner than expected. Vinegar sprays will harm your shrubbery & flowers too.
What Is Safe to Do?
1. Use Boiling Water
You may need to handle this one with care. Heat a kettle or a saucepan with water and carefully pour it onto the weed-infested pavers. Careful not to scald the surrounding vegetation or yourself. Protect your hands and feet and avoid leg exposure while you’re at it. The hot water destroys weed roots, and you have weed-free pavers in a couple of days.
2. Polymeric Sand for Paver Grout
If you think stamping in dirt or loose sand between pavers means you buried all weed growth opportunities, you are very misinformed. Weeds are resilient little paver pests; that’s why polymeric sand is deemed best at curbing them. Ensure that there is no rain due the day you stamp in the polymeric sand and allow it to settle for a fully sealed no-weed existence.
3. Dish Soap Concoction
Moss is one weed for whom the favor is divided; on one end, it looks lovely between pavers; on the other, it makes paver surfaces slippery during the rainy season (which happens a lot!). If you want to keep the moss, that’s fine by us, but if you’d rather keep your hip intact, then let’s get brewing. Mix 4 ounces of dish soap in a gallon of water and dispense it directly on the moss with a spray bottle. It takes a week for the moss to shrivel, brown, & die.
If you are a fitness nut with a strong back, then the good old ‘hand pulling’ is also a way to get rid of weeds between your pavers.
We hope these tips will help your pavers retain their pristine grouted appearance in the seaside city of Seaford in Delaware. We also hope that if your hardscape has suffered previous crass weed removal attempts, you will not hesitate to call upon Surface Solutions for a repaving job.