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how to prevent weeds from growing through pavers

How to prevent weeds from growing through pavers

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.

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.

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

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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.

Once you remove the weeds through one of the methods mentioned above, stabilizing sand can be used to help keep any roots from growing back. When adding sand, it is essential that the patio is dry and free of weeds. Some paver sands feature gel additives that react with water, filling in the space between the stones so weeds have nowhere to go. Some sands also feature a pH that inhibits weed growth by making it uninhabitable. The type of sand used will help to determine the proper installation method. Follow the instructions carefully to ensure the product is used properly.

Pressure Washing

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Pressure washing the whole patio is a dual-purpose solution. Not only will it remove the weeds from the spaces between the pavers, but it will also provide a deep cleaning to the pavers, making the whole area look like new again. If you are pressure washing, do not simply use a jet nozzle. The water pressure from the nozzle can wash away the sand between the grooves and etch the surface of the pavers themselves. Instead, use a rotating surface cleaner attachment in tandem with the pressure washer.

How to prevent weeds from growing through pavers

Or, plan to seal the patio once it’s complete. If you choose this route, don’t use polymer sand. Choose regular crushed sand, so the sealant can seep way down into the sand.

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

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Step 4: Fill and Seal

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Regular sealing will keep those determined weed seeds from taking hold between your pavers.

Step 5: If You’re Planning A New Patio

Here at Outback Landscape, we have the skills, tools and knowledge to design and install patios that stand the test of time — and stand up to tenacious weeds.

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